One of my all time favorite desserts, Pecan Pie! It’s almost as American as Apple Pie, maybe even a little bit more because, after all, aren’t all American’s a little bit nuts! Well, whether nuts or not I’ll leave that up to you because today I can have some Pecan Pie! I wish I could say it was a healthy treat since it’s got nuts and all in it but is shares the same fate as Apple Pie because frankly, no pie is healthy but who cares…. it’s Pie!!! Here’s a recipe for pecan pie in case you want to make your own.
How to celebrate – Have some pecan pie. Learn about all the different types of pecan pie. Test your home made pie against a store bought one.
Pecans are celebrated today because, supposedly, it was March 25th, 1775 that George Washington first planted a pecan tree at Mount Vernon. Of course Native Americans had been eating them for a thousand years or more before that. The pecan is in the hickory family and there are over 1,000 different varieties of them. They are actually a fruit, not a nut and some 90% of those grown in the world come from the United States. They can be used in several different types of dishes but my favorite is a pecan pie. Who knew it was really a fruit!?!
How to celebrate – Find out the uses for pecans in recipes. Find out what makes 1,000 varieties of pecans. Visit Mount Vernon.
Almost as popular and American as apple pie, the pecan pie ranks high among treats enjoyed for the holidays, and every day. This traditionally southern dessert has even become popular in the north, east, west and Europe!
My research did not divulge who invented the pecan pie. I did not spend hours looking it up because it was making me hungry. It has been around for as long as I can remember… and that’s long enough.
Hopefully you can read the recipe above. If you can’t, there are tons of recipes to choose from. One of the more popular these days is combining regular pecan pie with chocolate. It is good, but, to me, not as good as the original. It’s always hard to top something that is already about as good as it can get.
We’ve even miniaturized the pecan pie so that it can be enjoyed as a between meal snack or be served at parties. Of course, most of us eat enough of them to make up for an entire piece of pie… or two. They seem less fattening when they are so small.
Well I love pecan pie. You may not, it’s okay… I’ll eat your piece. A little whipped cram on the top is nice. And you don’t have to wait for a holiday to come to enjoy a piece of pecan pie because like whoever invented this day… you can make up one of your own!
How to celebrate – Have a piece of pecan pie! See if you can improve the recipes, but I doubt that you can. Go nuts!
Today is my sisters birthday. No, that doesn’t have anything to do with pecan pie but then neither does the National part of the title so… happy birthday! Maybe we can have pecan pie instead of cake! I’d like that better!
Pecan pie probably started with the Native American tribes, the Quinipissa and the Tangipahoa tribes of Texas. There seems to be evidence of the use of pecans since 8,000 BC and we have no reason to believe that they did not turn that into pie. The word pecan comes from the Alogonquin languauge.
There are many recipes, most involving eggs, butter and sugar (Normally Corn Syrup). However brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup and honey are used either in addition to, or replacing original ingredients. You can try the recipe above or this one for your own guideline to follow.
Not willing to settle on the common pecan pie, many add chocolate or cinnamon to top the pie off. I’m not exactly sure what was wrong with the original but if you like that, fine. I am more of a purist. You can top it with ice cream or whipped cream, which is nice so long as, to me, you don’t cover up the natural flavor.
How to celebrate – Bake a pecan pie for your family today, or your friends, or maybe just for yourself. Try your own recipe, like maybe adding coconut making it more of a German Chocolate Cake pie. If you are not fond of pecans then you could try any other kind of nut, but then of course it’s not a part of National Pecan Pie Day!