Granny's Caramel Pecan Turtles.

The first year I was dating my husband I went out to his family farm for the holidays and I got to hang out with his great grandmother, Granny, and help make Christmas cookies.

Just like my Grandmother, she had an assortment of cookie recipes that you could tell were her go-to’s year after year. One of my favorites were these little jelly-filled German cookies, dusted in powdered sugar and filled with a special fruit jelly that she could only buy at specialty markets.

I quickly learned the family favorite of her assortment - the Chocolate Caramel Pecan Turtles, as she stashed away bagfuls for each of her children and grandchildren so they all got their fair share. I don’t think they lasted 5 minutes among any of them.

chocolate caramel turtles / heirloomed
chocolate caramel turtles / heirloomed
chocolate caramel turtles / heirloomed
chocolate caramel turtles / heirloomed

The pecans from her Turtles were hand-picked, cracked and shelled right there from an orchard of trees on the family farm. We lived at the farm for 10 months while we were building our house and picking pecans with Granny was a favorite activity of my kids, and myself too.

At 90+ years old she rides out there on her Gator with a pecan roller in hand and walks among the old pecan trees and between the five-or-so horses that are constantly roaming the pasture. They like to eat the pecans too.

Then we’d bring the bucket-fulls of pecans back to her house and sit together at the kitchen table to crack them and carefully pick out the meat. She has a little quilted jam jar that sits beside her while she’s cracking for the coveted whole pecan halves that make it out in once piece. This little stash is squirreled away in her storage fridge until she’s ready to make her holiday pecan. Truly the cream of the crop.

Chocolate caramel turtles / heirloomed
chocolate caramel turtles / heirloomed
chocolate caramel turtles / heirloomed

Granny has this special little trick of lining up the counter with waxed paper, making her pecan crosses and then heating up the caramel. She has a little bowl of ice water right next to her as she works, quickly dipping her fingers to cool them so as not to burn them, and then right into the hot, melted caramel to place on top each cross. Then a dollop of melted chocolate to finish them off, swatting hungry hands away while she works.

Chocolate Caramel Turtles

Yield: about 12
Author:
This combination of crunchy pecans, chewy caramel, and creamy chocolate is simply incredible.

ingredients:

For the Turtles
  • Fresh, whole pecans, shelled + halved
  • 2 bags of Kraft caramels
  • 1 bag Ghiradelli dark melting wafers

instructions:

How to cook Chocolate Caramel Turtles

  1. "Cross" the pecans on a wax-papered cookie sheet using four pecans for each turtle. Melt the caramels in the microwave and carefully pull of a spoonful of caramel, place and flatten onto each pecan cross. Once caramel has been applied to each grouping of pecans, melt the chocolate and spoon a dollop on each turtle to complete. Allow them to firm and dry, then indulge. Enjoy!
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chocolate caramel turtle / heirloomed

I truly hope you’ll give this family-favorite recipe a try. It even inspired our “Pecan Orchard Pleasantries” IceMilk Apron.


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Smashed Sweet Potatoes.

There are so many ways to cook vegetables, especially in fall time. It's so fun to bring in different herbs and to try to different styles of cooking.

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Sweet potatoes are so beautiful on the table this time of year but to be honest I'm not the biggest fan of that orange veggie texture (same with butternut squash, pumpkin and the likes). I wanted to share with you all my favorite way to cook and serve sweet potatoes as an alternative to the marshmallow topped soufflé  you might be accustomed to for Thanksgiving. The slicing makes a pretty presentation and the rosemary and pine nuts add a toasty, fall flavor that is great for an everyday meal or a holiday gathering. 

smashed sweet potatoes / heirloomed
smashed sweet potatoes / heirloomed

Smashed Sweet Potatoes

Author:
This recipe is great for a week day meal or holiday gathering.

ingredients:

For the Sweet Potatoes
  • 3 TBSP Olive oil
  • 2 large springs fresh Rosemary
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 3 large Sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt

instructions:

How to cook Smashed Sweet Potatoes

  1. Peel, cut into slices. Drizzle olive oil, kosher salt, rough chopped rosemary. Bake at 375 until they start to brown, approximately 25 minutes. In a dry pan toast pine nuts until they begin to turn brown, tossing constantly. Smash slices with a potato masher, drizzle with a bit more olive oil and toss with pine nut + a bit more chopped rosemary. Enjoy!
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smashed sweet potatoes / heirloomed
smashed sweet potatoes / heirloomed
smashed sweet potatoes / heirloomed
smashed sweet potatoes / heirloomed

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