A year ago I worked with students of the YouthBuild program at PieLab in Greensboro, AL. In a leadership class, the students were encouraged to come up with a business idea utilizing local resources in Hale County. A group of students came up with the idea of pecan butter, much like peanut or almond butter. This is one nut butter I have yet to see on the shelves of health food stores. I had worked to develop this recipe and then taught the students how to produce and package the product in the hospitality classes that I taught. This is an absolutely delicious spread that tastes great on apples or bananas and makes a great PB&J! I had been making my own peanut butter before trying out pecan butter and it’s surprisingly easier than you’d think. If you think it’s a lot of trouble, please do support the YouthBuild students and buy some here! (www.the-pecans.com) It makes a great holiday gift.
makes about 1.5 cups
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Toss together all ingredients in a bowl. Spread pecans out onto a well greased cookie sheet and roast for 10 minutes, or until fragrant. Immediately scrape pecans off into a food processor. Grind until smooth (about 10 minutes), scraping sides down as needed. The pecans will at first appear to be dry, however, after several minutes the pecan butter should begin to clump up or form a ball in the middle and release its natural oils. If at this point it is still a little dry, drizzle in about 1 teaspoon of peanut or canola oil. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate.