This was a recipe sent in by a fan and we loved it so much we wanted to share it as well! Enjoy!
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Speaking of easter! Our Milk Chocolate Pecan Caramillicans come from an old family recipe handed down through the generations. We mix butter rich caramel with our fancy pecans and topped with milk chocolate by hand, one at a time. This is one of our most popular items and is just in time for Easter. This is a great change from store bought candy. Why not support your local business! Click the link below to order some.
On March 9, 2011 in San Saba, TX, the San Saba Pre-K class visited Millican Pecan Company. The kids spent time at the factory learning about pecans and how to make their own homemade pecan pie. “The class is currently learning about shapes and colors and we wanted to teach them a little about pecans and how they grow”, said owners Kristen and Winston Millican.
For some reason I have always had this notion in my mind that caramel pecan popcorn was hard to make. Not so, my friend! I just might be dangerous knowing the truth. Because I’m sure I will be making this recipe way more than I probably should. But, truthfully, it is so amazing!
1 cup packed brown sugar
½ cup sugar
1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
½ cup butter or margarine, melted
2 eggs, beaten
2 Tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 unbaked pastry shell (9 inches)
1 cup Millican Pecan Pieces
In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugars and flour. Add the butter, eggs, milk and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Pour into pie shell; sprinkle with pecans. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes or until set. Cool completely. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Most of the time you will read about pecan orchards and you can tell that the minds that formulated the words came from a man. Of course, I love to listen to my husband talk about life in the pecan orchards because his eyes light up and his voice reflects passion. But I wanted you to see what a pecan orchard looks like from the eyes of a woman.
Agriculture has always been a passion of mine. I have always loved being outdoors and knew from an early age that I wanted to be a pecan farmer. Driving a tractor hour after hour never sounded boring and never seemed to get old. I remember the first tractor job I had was shredding a 125 acre field on an open top tractor. It must have made good memories of the time spent in the field because I don’t remember the weeds, heat or the dust. Now that I am older, I still find myself in the cab of a newer model still dreaming of the next big crop. Whether in the field or in the orchards, farming is in my blood. Even after the 2011 drought, I still found myself planning on the next crop to plant and the next pecans to take care of.
Growing pecans is my favorite thing to grow beside kids. I guess this is due to the fact that I didn’t plant them and they will be here long after I am gone. The longevity of the trees gives me a great responsibility to take care of the them and to leave them in better condition than I found them. If they are neglected for a year, it might be reflected in my income for several years. Being a pecan farmer is very rewarding and to nurture and take care of. Irrigating, shredding and keeping the orchard raked up gives me pride in my work. I just think of it as yard work except on a much larger scale.
Another great thing about growing pecans is the fellowship we have during harvest. Family and employees that have become friends always gather around the campfire during harvest to eat a hot meal. The majority of the time, an elaborate spread, prepared by my uncle Deen, will be enjoyed in the orchards. Everyone knows that when you smell smoke a good meal is not far off. Anything cooked over a hot bed of coals (pecan hickory wood, of course) always taste better!
Above all, a life in agriculture is not for everyone. With the adverse weather that we have experienced the last few year, you have got to rely on something larger and grander than yourself. God is in control and without faith in him, this would be just an unfulfilling job, not a calling.
We live rather far from town. In fact, what my girlfriends consider “in the sticks”. We moved here as soon as we got married, which has almost been ten years ago. As a result, I have learned the art of substitution in my cooking endeavors. What I mean is that I have learned to use the ingredients that I have on hand.
Recently, I’ve been getting calls and emails about people wanting to buy an orchard or develop native/seedling trees into a marketable crop. Just when i think I’ve seen it all, somebody calls and they have a completely different problem or question. Planting and harvesting pecans is a passion of mine, so helping you is an extension of that passion. So for the prospective pecan grower these are my recommendations for criteria that you need to look for in regards to finding the best pecan site to develop into an orchard.