April 14th is National Pecan day. This is not to be confused with Pecan Day (March 25th) or Pecan Pie Day (July 12th). April is also the National Pecan Month! So there is much festivity to be had. Did you know? The pecan tree is the only nut tree native to North America. National Pecan day is a day dedicated to the popular crunchy pecan nut. You can celebrate this day by simply cracking open a few pecans with friends and family, however I thought I would share my recipe for Vanilla and Pecan Biscuits which would also be fun and tasty. Vanilla and Pecan Biscuits. Makes approximately 16 biscuits. Ingredients: 125g Soft Butter 40g White Caster Sugar 40g Soft Brown Sugar 1 teaspoon Vanilla Essence 16 Pecan Halves (approximately 40g) 175g Self Raising Flour You can also use Muscovado Sugar as a substitute for the brown sugar if you want your biscuits to have a more intense flavour. Preheat the oven to 170 °C/ Gas Mark 3. Make sure you have a baking sheet lined or greased ready for the biscuits later. Cream the butter until it is malleable and smooth. If at first it is hard to cream it might be worth zapping it in the microwave for about 5 seconds just to soften it up a bit. (Make sure you use a heat proof bowl if you choose to do this.) Now add in the sugar along with the vanilla essence and continue to cream. Once thoroughly creamed work in the sifted flour. When your mixture is starting to look like dough remove it from the bowl and place on a flat surface that has been well dusted with flour. Roll into a long even cylinder and cut it into 16 evenly spaced circles. Place each onto the ready lined baking tray and position a pecan half on each (make sure they are spaced out on the baking tray, about 4cm, as they will broaden). Cook for 15 minutes. In order to confirm they are cooked pick one up and check that it is no longer doughy on the bottom. Once they are cooked remove from the oven and after a few minutes transfer to a wire rack. Allow to cool. Variation: You can always substitute the pecans for almonds in this recipe and the vanilla essence for almond extract. This makes it a biscuits that compliments tea or coffee rather well in the same way an amaretto biscuit would. Another tasty twist on this recipe would be replacing the vanilla essence with maple extract. – As maple and pecans are like a match made in heaven!