The pecan tree is the only nut tree that’s native to North America. It is believed by some people that Pecan Day commemorates the day that George Washington planted pecan trees–which were gifts from Thomas Jefferson–at his home at Mount Vernon. However, there are historians who strictly oppose that view. Those are probably the same historians who note that we also celebrate a National Pecan Day on April 14th. So, you know, what happened then, huh? Anyway, we’re pretty sure that all historians agree that a pecan pie is the perfect way to celebrate either holiday. And we think this Utterly Deadly Southern Pecan Pie sets a historical precedent… [photo via myrecipes.com]
- 1/2 (14.1-oz.) package refrigerated piecrusts
- 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups pecan halves
- 1. Preheat oven to 325°. Fit piecrust into a 10-inch cast-iron skillet; sprinkle piecrust with powdered sugar.
- 2. Whisk eggs in a large bowl until foamy; whisk in brown sugar and next 6 ingredients. Pour mixture into piecrust, and top with pecan halves.
- 3. Bake at 325° for 30 minutes; reduce oven temperature to 300°, and bake 30 more minutes. Turn oven off, and let pie stand in oven, with door closed, 3 hours.
And don’t go saving this recipe for just Pecan Day(s) each year. This pie is great for school parties, potlucks, and even for holiday gifts. Share this recipe, and even share the story behind Pecan Day–if you’re up for a little debate.