Whether you pronounce it pee-can or pee-kahn, the humble pecan is deeply nutty, super savory, and a little earthy. They work well in sweet preparations so during the Thanksgiving season they pop up in a plethora of pastries. Here are pecan desserts to try now.
Roe Seafood, Long Beach, California
Filipino San Rival cake made with rich layers of cashews, buttercream, and meringue is the blueprint for this pecan-y play. Featuring levels of pecan dacquoise, pecan praline buttercream, and candied pecans, it’s a texturally intricate dessert that’s surprisingly light. Make a reservation at Roe’s Seafood.
Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, Miami, Florida
Buttery crust cradles a pecan-rich filling. The generous wedge is complemented with a dollop of schlag, a ridiculously rich, ultra thick German whipped cream. Don’t forget to bring your Lipitor. Make a reservation at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse.
Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, Washington, D.C.
Two for the price of one. The flaky crust holds a bottom layer of sweet potatoes boozed up with Jack Daniel’s. It gets topped off with a layer of spiced pecans and the requisite dab of whipped cream. Make a reservation at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab.
Beatrix, Chicago, Illinois
A foundation of shortbread holds up a first floor of darkly sweet pecan filling. The duplex dessert’s second level is made from cinnamon boosted pumpkin mousse. You’ll find a scoop of whipped cream on the side. Make a reservation at Beatrix.
Oceana, New York, New York
Classic pecan pie gets tarted up. The petite pastry sits in a pool of with bourbon anglaise. A sphere of vanilla ice cream and a crackly cookie complete it. Make a reservation at Oceana.
Rye, Leawood, Kansas
Pastry chef Megan Garrelts calls it MoKan nut pie because it bridges two states. Missouri pecans mingle with Kansas black walnuts in the sweet bourbon filling. There’s whipped cream involved – of course. Make a reservation at Rye.
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Nevin Martell is a Washington, D.C.-based food and travel writer and the author of several books, including Freak Show Without A Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations. Find him on Twitter @nevinmartell and Instagram @nevinmartell.
Photo credits: Christina Slaton (Joe’s); Paul Johnson (Oceana); Bonjwing Lee (Rye).