Serve Up a Mouth-Watering Pecan Pie – 3 Different Ways!

Although pecans are great when tossed into salads, mixed into trail mix and crusted on chicken – they always seem to taste better when baked into a mouth-watering pie. Since Pecan Pie Day is coming up on July 12, now’s the perfect time to bake your very own pie! Invite your friends over for a tasty celebration and prepare a classic version of this decadent treat, or put a fun twist on the traditional recipe with our Hickory Farms mixed nuts.

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The Classic

For pecan pie purists, go with the traditional, old-fashioned southern recipe. Start by preparing basic pie dough and forming it into a round pie pan. Crimp the edges of the dough for a nice, clean presentation. Then, place the dough into the refrigerator and allow it to firm up.

Meanwhile, in a medium sauce pan, melt butter before whisking in some brown sugar until the mixture is smooth. Then, add corn syrup, vanilla, a little salt and a pinch of orange zest. In a separate bowl, mix three beaten eggs into the butter mixture. Finally, add your pecans to the crust, top with the rest of the ingredients and then bake.

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Pecan Cheesecake Pie

If you’re looking for a texturally-rich treat, try combining smooth, creamy cheesecake with the crunch of pecans. After preparing your pie crust, mix together cream cheese, an egg, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Pour the mixture into your crust and top with chopped nuts. For a nice, crispy topping, pour a mixture of corn syrup, egg, vanilla and sugar over the top before baking.

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Chocolate-Bourbon Pecan Pie

Chocolate lovers will adore this rich and decadent pie that only requires moments to make. Prepare the pie following the classic recipe, but mix a heaping handful of chocolate morsels in with the pecans. Then, add a few splashes of bourbon to the corn syrup mixture before baking the pie.

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With these delectable pecan pie recipes made with nuts from Hickory Farms’ Finest Mixed Nuts Gift Tin, Pecan Pie Day might become your new favorite holiday.

Seasonal Recipe – Spiced Applesauce Pecan Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

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Even though Applesauce Cake Day has already passed us by, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy a moist and fruity cake all year round. This Spiced Applesauce Pecan Cake recipe is packed full of great flavors and even features a decadently rich and creamy Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting. You can whip up this delicious recipe with a couple ingredients from Hickory Farms. It’s sure to be a hit at your next family gathering!

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Bake the cake

Start by getting your oven ready by preheating it to 350 degrees. Meanwhile, grease a small pan with butter or line it with parchment paper.

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Next, combine some butter, a dash of vanilla and a scoop of brown sugar into a stand mixer. You want your butter to be whipped and airy. Then, add in your eggs and some apple sauce. After everything is mixed together, reduce the speed of your mixer and slowly add in flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and a variety of spices, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, or whatever other spices you prefer.

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Once your batter is thoroughly stirred, chop up a handful of our mixed nuts and throw them into the mix. Add your batter to the prepared pan and place in your preheated oven. Then, bake until your cake is nice and golden brown.

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Add the finishing touches

No cake is complete without a decadent frosting. Simply combine cream cheese, butter and a bit of vanilla in a mixer until the frosting is nice and fluffy. Then, finish by adding powdered sugar and cinnamon.

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Once your cake is cool, spread your frosting over the entire surface of the cake, making sure to cover the sides well. For extra texture, top the frosting with more chopped nuts.

 

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With this delicious recipe and a couple of essential ingredients from Hickory Farms’ Our Finest Mixed Nuts Gift Tin, which features a mixture of almonds, cashew and pecans — you’ll be able to enjoy this delicious applesauce cake all year long.

5 Ultra-Light Backpacking Foods for Long Day Hikes

The summer months are great for taking long hikes, either solo or with the family. Wherever your wanderlust takes you, your appetite will surely follow. According to OutdoorsNW, adults need between a half and a pound of food per day while hiking. Luckily, Hickory Farms has come up with five foods that are easy to bring along on hikes, so you can reach each peak and summit with energy to spare. Below are some of our favorites.

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The sweet yet salty taste of homemade Thai Beef Jerky is a compact snack that will last a month if stored in an airtight container and refrigerated until the day of your hike. Three pounds of sirloin tip makes a pound and a half of jerky. Just add honey, soy and fish sauce and some ground coriander. It’s simple and delicious!

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Nuts can be a healthy component of most diets, containing both carbs and protein. Our Mixed Nuts Gift Tin features a trio of pecans, cashews and almonds you can portion into baggies for a quick on-the-go snack as you’re hiking along and checking out the surrounding flora and fauna.

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When you’re ready to sit down and catch your breath, break out the cheddar and crackers, using your trusty utility knife to slice the cheese. Our Cheese Trio Gift Box with two flavors of cheddar and Mission Jack Blend taste great when paired with our Olive Oil & Rosemary Crackers, and can easily fit in a knapsack. Our Summer Sausage is also a good choice to bring this snack full circle.

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Dried fruit, either alone or as part of a trail mix with GORP (good old raisins and peanuts), is both tasty and highly portable. It’s a favorite of hikers everywhere.

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Firm-skinned fresh fruit like oranges, apples and pears are full of juices that keep hikers hydrated. Just remember to bring along your water too.

Hickory Farms has plenty of fruit and nut selections and pantry essentials to make any hike a gourmet experience. Order online today or call 800.753.8558 for home delivery.