photograph by Matt Hulsman

½ teaspoon salt
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 egg white
2 teaspoons cold water
1 quart pecans

Preheat oven to 250° (no higher). Mix salt, sugar, and cinnamon together in a small bowl. Set aside. Beat egg white and water until stiff; pour in pecans, and mix well. Pour sugar mixture over pecans, and mix well so that mixture sticks to pecans. Pour pecans onto flat baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. (If pecans are small, only bake for 45 minutes.)

Recipes to Remember

When the Strickland Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary gets together for its monthly meetings, somebody usually brings baked sugar pecans, a traditional favorite in the community near Four Oaks.

“We end up with refreshments because we have a lot of good cooks,” says Sherry Johnson, who was president of the auxiliary when the group produced Recipes to Remember to raise funds for the department in 2001. Another popular recipe in the book is a summer favorite — fried okra. The cookbook is one of several fund-raisers that have helped the department buy firefighting equipment, including a truck.

The fire department celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and the Ladies Auxiliary has been supporting the organization since 1982.The cookbook is out of print and no longer available for purchase.


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For several years, Our State featured recipes from the pages of community and church cookbooks from around North Carolina. These dishes continue to be among some of our most popular and enjoyed.