Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Fine Handmade Brass Nut Picks and Favorite Pecan Pie Recipe

One of my teen aged son's is making these beautiful little brass nut picks.  They are available for purchase through my etsy shop.  A shiny, handmade nut pick would make a lovely hostess gift, or unique gift for the gourmand on your shopping list this Christmas season.  Each pick is gift boxed and comes with a little Maker Card to show your gift recipient what good taste you have in artful handmade collectibles--aren't you thoughtful! :-)

Victor takes our extra pecans down to Mexico every year and sells them to a candy manufacturer.  Stray nuts we crush under our heals on the stoop for the winter birds to enjoy all winter.  (Photo: female dark-eyed junco.)

I highly recommend the Reed's Rocket Pecan Cracker, a nutcracker extraordinaire.

We have two large old pecan trees on our property, and despite the drought, they have yielded well.  The nuts of one tree are oblong and the meat breaks easily: perfect pecan pieces for quick breads and brownies.  The other pecan tree produces round nuts that crack releasing the halves intact:  perfect for baking Turtles and pies.

You are wondering if i know a good pecan pie recipe?  I sure do!

(from Texas Pecan Growers Assoc. website)

1 cup white corn syrup
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons margarine
3 eggs
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup or more chopped pecans (or place pecan halves on pie)
1 unbaked pie crust
Boil for one minute the sugar, corn syrup and margarine. Beat eggs slightly, add hot syrup. Beating until well mixed, add vanilla. Mix flour and one tablespoon sugar together; put in bottom of unbaked pie crust. Pour in filling; top with pecans. Bake in preheated oven at 425 degrees for 10 minutes; reduce heat to 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until firm in center.

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