The pecan was an important part
of the diet of Native Americans before the arrival of the European
settlers. The first successful grafts of the pecan tree were done in
1846 by a Louisiana plantation gardener, a slave named Antoine.
Pecans are available in many forms; you'll find them vacuum-packed in
jars, sealed in plastic bags, or packed in cans. For the freshest and
most flavorful pecans, choose whole ones in the shell. When choosing
whole unshelled pecans, look for nuts that are heavy for their size and
don't rattle when shaken. There shouldn't be any cracks or holes in the
2 1/2 C. flour
4 t. baking powder
3 T. sugar
3/4 t. salt
3/4 C. oil
2 1/4 C. milk
2 eggs beaten
1/2 C. pecans ground
Measure and sift dry ingredients together. Mix together oil, eggs and milk. Stir
into dry ingredients. Add the pecans and mix well.
Make waffles immediately or let set overnight in the refrigerator.