This year Fleischmann’s® Yeast, Fleischmann’s® Simply Homemade® Baking Mixes and Karo® Syrup – trusted baking products that have helped people create beautiful homemade bread, baked goods and delicious desserts for more than 100 years – are launching the Baking A Difference campaign to benefit Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign to help end childhood hunger in America through the power of baking.
To inspire people to make a difference for No Kid Hungry when they participate in the Baking A Difference campaign, Fleischmann’s® Yeast, Fleischmann’s® Simply Homemade® Baking Mixes and Karo® Syrup have partnered with America’s Test Kitchen and Joy Wilson of Joy the Baker blog, to create baking tips and unique twists on classic recipes to encourage more bakers to bake a difference.
When I was asked to participate, I couldn’t say no. While I don’t have any children, I live and work in a community where there are families struggling to put meals on the table. Any time I can help shed light on an important cause, I definitely will. Plus, I hope to share my Baking A Difference creations here in Beeville by baking some goodies for local organizations to share with families in need.
My task was to recreate a holiday staple…classic pecan pie! I was trying to think of how to put a Monica twist on something so classic, and at first I thought of a pecan cheesecake. But, that’s not really me. What is very Monica are candied pecans. I’ll never forget the first Christmas dinner after we bought our house, we had tons of people over. I was bestowed with a pound of pecans, and I quickly made some candied pecans using some simple ingredients. I just kind of winged it.
People could not get enough. I remember my father-in-law and other men just huddled around my dining table scarfing down my candied pecans. I’ve made them every year since then, and they’re always a huge hit.
So, now I brought those same flavor profiles to a traditional pecan pie. It might look like a normal pecan pie, but the addition of some honey, cinnamon, and salt elevates the flavor profile to something a little more sophisticated. The great news? My additions don’t add any extra time or work. Well…I did make a cinnamon whipped cream, but it’s totally optional. I think every dessert is better with some homemade whipped cream.
Candied Pecan Pie
Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 60-70 minutes
Cool/Chill Time: 2 hours
-1 cup Karo® Light Corn Syrup
-3/4 cup sugar
-1 tablespoon butter, melted
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1.5 teaspoons ground cinnamon
-1 teaspoon salt
-2 teaspoons of honey
-6 ounces of halved pecans
-9-inch deep dish pie crust (frozen)
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a bowl, mix together the Karo syrup, eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, and honey until everything is mixed together well.
3. Add in pecans and mix until the pecans are well coated.
4. Pour your filling mixture into a frozen 9-inch deep dish pie crust and pop into the oven.
5. Your pie is done once the internal temperature of the pie reaches 200 degrees in the center.
6. Let your pie cool on a wire rack for about 2 hours OR you can place it into the fridge for about an hour. The filling is super hot, so let it cool down before serving.
Cinnamon Whipped Cream
Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
-1 cup heavy whipping cream
-1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
-1 tablespoon of confectioner’s/powdered sugar
1. Pour heavy whipping cream, cinnamon, and powdered sugar into a glass bowl. Using a hand mixer, beat the ingredients together until soft peaks form. Add more powdered sugar/cinnamon to taste.
2. Chill until ready to use. I recommend making the cinnamon whipped cream when your pie has about 15-20 minutes left of baking time.
The result is a pecan pie that is sweet, yet has a hint of saltiness. Plus, the creaminess of the homemade whipped cream is just divine. I guess this means I’ll have to make candied pecans AND candied pecan pie for the family to enjoy.
I also added a dash of cinnamon over the whipped cream for a more intense cinnamon flavor. The flavors also remind me of a sticky pecan bun.
I also have an awesome giveaway to help you participate in Baking a Difference! One lucky winner in the USA will win:
-Stoneware pie dish from Sur La Table
-Pie server from Sur La Table
-Owl pot/oven mitts from Sur La Table
-Karo® Syrup & Fleischmann's® Yeast.
-The entire line of new Fleischmann's® Simply Homemade boxed bread mixes (including the new Pretzel Creations!)
Value: About $70+
You can enter via the Rafflecopter widget below:
Contest runs from now until November 30. I will personally mail the prize pack (or deliver if it’s a semi-close drive!) Good luck!
Bakers can help No Kid Hungry end childhood hunger in America by participating in the Baking A Difference campaign online via the 12 Days of #BakingADifference promotion on Facebook in December. Bakers can also share their recipe images of classic Fleischmann’s® Yeast and Karo® Syrup recipes using the #BakingADifference hashtag on all Fleischmann’s® Yeast and Karo® Syrup Facebook channels for a chance to be included in the Baking A Difference e-cookbook with Joy the Baker at Facebook.com/FleischmannsYeast and Facebook.com/KaroSyrup.
How could you help the #BakingADifference campaign?