Need a last-minute dessert to bring to your family Thanksgiving dinner? Celebrate Thanksgiving and the upcoming holidays with this quick and easy twist on Pecan Pie that all your friends and family are sure to love.
Pecans are a staple in any southern household, but especially here in North Carolina. Our state produces 3 to 5 million pounds of pecans annually, so why not include them in your holiday meals? Save this recipe for your family’s new favorite dessert!
1 cup light brown sugar
1⁄2 cup plain flour
2⁄3 cup butter, melted
1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
36 whole pecan halves for top of muffin, optional
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl using a wooden spoon, mix the sugar, flour, eggs, butter and chopped pecans. Grease a mini-muffin pan. Fill 2/3 full and top with a whole pecan half. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool 5-10 minutes before removing from pan. Makes 2 – 2 ½ dozen mini-muffins.
The department encourages consumers to support local pecan growers whenever possible. Shoppers can look for the Got To Be NC logo on packaged pecans, visit their local farmers markets or take a trip to more than two dozen pecan orchards across the state. The N.C. Pecan Growers Association offers an online directory of orchards at www.buyncpecans.com. The website also includes pecan recipes and downloadable activities for children.
The association will celebrate N.C. Pecan Month during Pecan Day at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh. The annual pecan party will be held Nov. 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. During the event, visitors can enjoy free samples of a pecan dessert and pick up local pecans for their holiday celebration.