Today is July 12, and it’s National Pecan Pie Day!
Pecan pie dates back to 1897, though rumor has it the pie existed back in the early 1800’s in Louisiana. It doesn’t appear in cookbooks like Fannie Farmer or The Joy of Cooking until 1940. Now it’s become a staple during the fall and as a dessert staple in the southern United States, where chocolate and bourbon whiskey are sometimes added (plus a scoop of vanilla ice cream) to elevate the pecan pie to full-on gourmet status.
Not a pie fan? At the Friendship Bread Kitchen, we have a couple pecan recipes to help you celebrate this fun holiday, plus a few links to other kitchens with great Amish Friendship Bread variations that are chock full of pecans:
- It’s a scone: Date and Pecan Amish Friendship Bread Scones
- It’s a biscotti: Maple Pecan Amish Friendship Bread Biscotti
- Take the original Amish Friendship Bread recipe and add 1-1½ cups of pecans, lightly toasted and coarsely chopped to the batter
- Creative pecan recipe twists from Friendship Bread Kitchen Friends
- Top any of these great recipes with this Maple Pecan Glaze
From other virtual kitchens:
- Pecan Peach Amish Friendship Bread by Dozen Flours
- Butter Pecan Amish Friendship Bread by Feeding the Chaos
A few more fun facts:
- Pecans provide almost 10% of the recommended daily value for zinc
- The United States produces almost 80% of the world’s pecan crop
- Pecan originated from the Algonquian, meaning “a nut requiring a stone to crack”