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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. 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. Check out my Cherry Cream Cheese Pie recipe to fill it up. It’s made with homemade cream cheese and it’s amazing in this crust.
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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
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. 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 if you want to. I usually want to. 🙂
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 sprinkle it 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?