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Nuts and the Pie

First of all, I want to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving! May this day be filled with joyful celebration and gratitude for you! And hopefully, with all the inspiration from this month, you will be having pie at your dinner table 🙂

Another type of pie that sometimes get forgotten or overlooked is the nut pie. If you ever have an overabundance of nuts, something the pioneer may have experienced, a pie with nuts is a good idea to use some of the bounty up! Fruit and nut pies were the original pie made during ancient times. The Greeks and Romans made pies with honey, nuts, cheese and fruit. Baklava is still a favorite in the Middle Eastern world and though it isn’t a pie, it is desserts like this that were the inspiration for later pies.

What kind of nuts can you use in a pie? Any will do really! Walnuts, pecans, peanuts or any kind of mixed nut varieties. Nuts can be used on their own or mixed with fresh or dried fruit. You could even make a nut crust instead of the standard pastry crust if you want to mix it up for your fruit pies!

One of the most popular nut pies, especially for Thanksgiving, is the pecan pie. Pecans are uniquely American. The word “pecan” comes from a Native American word. Thankfully, the name stuck with the colonists instead of the what the Spanish originally named the nut. It roughly translated to “wrinkle nut”. 

The first pecan pies as we know it were made in Texas. Because of the many pecan groves in Texas, the nut became part of the local diet. Pecans were also popular in another southern treat in Louisiana – the praline. It wasn’t until the Karo syrup company began to put a recipe for the pie on the back of their jars in the 1920s though that the pie became an American favorite.

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