Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Pat Dearmont's Pecan Candy

2-1/2 cups sugar
1 cup whole milk
12 oz. chopped nuts
1 cup pecans

Combine milk and sugar in a flat-bottomed, heavy saucepan and cook to soft ball stage (237° F.) Add chopped nuts and cook until liquid becomes clear. Remove from heat and beat while candy is cooling. Stir in 1 cup pecans. As candy begins to thicken, place it on a wet, wrung-out floursack towel and shape a long roll of candy within the towel. Allow to cool, then slice.

Pat Dearmont contributed this recipe to the Jolly Neighbors Extension Club of Rose, Nebraska, for a hand-written cookbook that they made during the early 1960's. I have expanded the directions a little because all the recipes were greatly condensed to fit on one side of a 3x5" recipe card. John and Pat Dearmont's land adjoined ours on the southeast, and their sons Jerry and Tom were in 4-H with us.

Another great Easy Recipe

Love At Home

There is beauty all around
When there's love at home.
There is joy in every sound
When there's love at home.

Roses bloom beneath our feet,
All the earth is a garden sweet,
Making life a bliss complete,
When there's love at home.

-- John Hugh McNaughton (1829-1891)