Kansas City pecans are some of the tastiest nuts around. The nuts are sweet and oil rich compared to southern states. Missouri river towns, like Kansas City, offer fertile soil and sunny conditions for pecan trees. Many pecan trees were planted in the 1800s.
We have a friend who has a pecan tree; he gathers up a bag full that have fallen to the ground. The shucks starting to split open. It is easy to remove the shells. The price of pecans at the local grocery store is about $18 a pound. I wouldn’t pay that much. I enjoy my nuts fresh and free from the ground. Making pecan pie from scratch is often cheaper and tastier.
Since our friend dropped off a bag of pecans and our pet duck (Squeaky) has started laying eggs again, I needed to do something with these God given gifts. As a food ‘snob’ I prefer store bought chicken eggs for breakfast. However, anything with enough sugar in it, I’ll eat. My husband never objects to anything I serve.
I know what boys like. They like my pecan pie. So here’s my recipe for Pecan Pie. Enjoy!
PECAN PIE 3 eggs 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup Corn Syrup 2 tablespoon margarine 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1-1/4 cups pecans Pie Crust 2 cups flour 3/4 teaspoon salt 2/3 cup fake butter/ shortening 1/2 teaspoon vinegar 4 tablespoon cold water Make the pie crust first (or use a prepared pie crust). In a large bowl, sift the flour and salt. Next, cut the shortening into the flour mixture until pieces are the size of a small pea. Combine the vinegar and water and slowly sprinkle into the flour. Gather the moistened dough into a ball, refrigerate for ten minutes or more. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Farenheit. Place all the pecans on a greased cookie sheet/baking sheet. Roast pecans for a few minutes, carefull not to burn. Cool. Beat the 3 eggs in a medium bowl. Add brown sugar, corn syrup, melted margarine, vanilla, and nutmeg. Stir in pecans. Roll out pie crust and line a pie pan. Pour pecan mixture into pie crust. Bake 50 minutes. A knife inserted into the edge should come out clean. Serve warm, cold, with ice-cream, or just on plate. Yummy!