I really, really, like pecans.
When I was a kid we would get boxes from my grandmother out in West Texas in the fall, and there was always a couple of gallon bags of pecans.
Daddy would spend all of football season cracking them, and Mom would use them just as fast as he could get them out of the shells.
Lots of our holiday goodies contained those little treats, and I carry on that tradition.
My Mom now has pecan trees of her own that she and Daddy planted 30 some years ago.
When I lived far away from home I would get care packages stuffed with a few gallon bags of pecans every year.
It was awesome!
Now I live in the same town and I get them whenever I want.
Cuz I’m the favorite. 🙂
And because I use pecans in just about everything, I thought I needed a pecan crust recipe, too.
So here it is.
I love this recipe!
It’s crunchy and slightly sweet and perfect for all kinds of yummy deserts.
You could fill it with a sweet potato pie.
Or maybe with Spiced Plums.
Or Apple Pie Filling.
Or, maybe get a little crazy, and put Rhubarb in it!
Now that sounds yummy! 🙂
This crust is perfect for those of you that are avoiding gluten.
And I even included a keto friendly option!
Pecan Crust Recipe
- 2 1/2 cups finely chopped pecans (if you’re not lucky enough to have your own trees, you can order these here)
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (I get my organic spices from Starwest Botanicals )
- 1/3 cup dehydrated sugar cane juice (you can order that here), Sucanat, or brown sugar
- 4 Tbsp butter
NOTE: For a keto friendly version of the crust, simply replace the sugar with the granulated sweetener of your choice.
Preheat oven to 350° F.
First, chop the pecans pretty fine.
You can do that by hand or in a food processor.
Be careful if you’re using a processor. You don’t want pecan butter.
Which is a thing.
And quite tasty.
But not so good for crust.
Melt the butter while you’re chopping the pecans.
I like to use my cast iron butter melting pot to melt it in.
Just pop it in the oven while it’s preheating and, Presto! Melted butter.
Mixing the Crust
Next, put the chopped up pecans in a small bowl and add the cinnamon and sugar or sugar substitute.
Mix that up good and then add the melted butter and mix until the butter is evenly distributed.
When it’s all mixed up good it holds together kinda like wet sand. 🙂
Now comes the fun part!
Press the pecan mixture into the bottom of your pan(s).
And then press the mixture up the sides for a pie.
If you are making a cheesecake, just press it into the bottom.
The cool thing about this recipe is that you can put it all in a regular pie pan or it has a fairly thick crust, or split it between two for a thinner crust, or even use a deep dish pie pan.
There’s crust enough for all!
Baking the Crust
Bake the pecan crust in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes.
Only until it’s lightly browned. Nuts burn easily, so be careful.
I take any leftover crust mixture and spread it on a cookie sheet and bake it at the same time.
Then I have something to use as a garnish for the tops of cheesecake or to sprinkle over yogurt.
And if you are topping your pie with whipped cream, it makes a lovely crunchy counterpart to that as well!
Finally, cool the crust completely before adding the filling.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are using this crust for a baked pie, like pumpkin pie or apple pie, carefully pour the filling into the uncooked crust and bake as long as your recipe calls for.
What would you put in this amazing crust?
More amazing things you should bake:
Pecan Cinnamon Crust
- 2 1/2 cups finely chopped pecans
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup dehydrated sugar cane juice
- 4 Tbsp butter
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Chop the pecans pretty fine. You can do that by hand or in a food processor.
- Melt the butter while you're chopping the pecans.
- Put the pecans in a small bowl and add the cinnamon and sugar. Mix well.
- Add the melted butter. Mix until the butter is evenly distributed.
- Press the crust mixture into the bottom of your pan(s). You can go slightly up the sides (like a 1/4 inch) if you want to.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes. Just until its lightly browned. Nuts burn easily, so be careful.
- Cool the crust completely before adding the filling.