Thursday, January 31, 2013

Canning Pecan Pie Filling

One of my favorite desserts and a very popular treat in my family is the holiday pecan pie. This year my sister made the pie and it was so sweet it really didn't take much to satisfy my sweet tooth. The classic pecan pie is made with corn syrup, eggs, and butter. Most of us know that two of these ingredients are just not going to last too long on a shelf without refrigeration. I have found a lighter and can-able recipe so that you can put up the filling when you can find pecans at a great price.

A couple of things that you will notice with this recipe. Like I said this version is not as dense as the classic but has all the flavor you want from the pecans. You can change up my version if you want by adding vanilla or other spices that you love in your classic recipe but you need to keep the sugar, juices and clear jel the same. Another thing that I noticed is that the color of the jel before adding the pecans is very light and once water bathed the color darkens from the nuts. Another variation would be to add some dried cranberries to give it a twist of flavor. 


This recipe makes 2 quarts. You can double and triple it for more quarts. I hope you love it! If you make any variations in flavor please post a comment with your spices or extract changes.

Clear Jel is available at the SB Canning Store here! 

Pecan Pie Filling

3 ½ cups pecan halves
2 cups sugar

1 cup light brown sugar (if you want a more mollases flavor you can use dark brown)
1/2 cup Clear Jel®
4 cups apple juice non-sweetened
1/4 cup bottled lemon juice
½ t. ground coriander
½ t. ground cinnamon
½ t. ground ginger
½ t. walnut extract (optional)





Combine apple juice, sugar, Clear Jel®, and spices and extract in a large kettle. Stir and cook over medium high heat until mixture thickens and begins to bubble. To keep a smooth consistency use a wire whisk if available. Add lemon juice and boil sauce 1 minute more, stirring constantly. 








Fold in pecans. Fill hot jars without delay, leaving 1-inch headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace if needed. Wipe rims of jars with a dampened clean paper towel. Adjust lids and process immediately. Process in a water bath canner for 20 minutes.


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