Honey Pecan Pie Recipe
It's a tough job but somebody has to do it. At Missouri State Beekeepers Association annual fall conference in Springfield October 27-28, 2017, I was the self-designated cake and pie tester. Oh, they had an official judge for the contest, I just volunteered to myself that I should make sure the entries were as delicious as they looked!
There were several categories in the food contest, from breads and cookies to the one I took very seriously. Sitting at the end of the middle table, the four entries beckoned. There was a New York cheesecake; an Olive Oil and Honey cake (amazingly moist, will share that recipe, too); a third cake and the crowning glory of 4 most delicious entries, the pecan pie.
I almost passed on the pie, there was no utensil nearby and all forks were gone but a passing friend loaned me his new fork so I could take a sliver. Doesn't this look delicious?
I like pecans, and I like pecan pie. So does one of my brothers so when I taste recipes, the discriminating criteria is would I want to add this recipe to the family recipe books I made years ago as Christmas presents.
It wasn't easy to wrestle favorite recipes out of the hands of the cooks so I paid a visit and wrangled the recipes when I was there. The family loved the recipe books so much, I thought updating them would be nice if I had interesting recipes.
For example, I make pumpkin custard without the crust. Baked in glass baking dishes and cooled once cooked, it's delicious and cuts a few calories.
All in all, this pecan pie recipe is pretty simple. The only challenging ingredient is finding "mild honey," which suggests I may have to make a couple of pecan pies trying out different honeys. Fall honey tends to be darker, more flavorfully-complex and have more antioxidants, spring honeys are lighter with a clearer floral note. The things we have to do for science...
Oops, looks like someone forgot the main ingredient, pecans. I checked several recipes and they all call for this so please add:
1 cup pecans, mixed into the first 7 ingredients.
You can also add 1/2 cup chopped ingredients to the top.
All recipes are printed in the November 2017 Missouri State Beekeepers Association newsletter, cost $10/year.
Finding good honey recipes can be a challenge but when one has tasted them first, you know, to confirms the deliciousness, that makes it easier to say "THIS" is a good recipe using honey.