Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Sweet and Spicy Candied Pecans

Just in time for some holiday snacking! :)

  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon (generous) freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups pecan pieces

Preheat oven to 325;°F. Spray baking sheet with nonstick spray. Combine corn syrup and next 4 ingredients in large bowl. Stir to blend. Add pecans; stir gently to coat. Transfer to baking sheet.

Place large piece of foil on work surface. Bake pecans 5 minutes. Using fork, stir pecans to coat with melted spice mixture. Continue baking until pecans are golden and coating bubbles, about 10 minutes. Transfer to foil. Working quickly, separate nuts with fork. Cool. (Can be made 3 days ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.)

Yield: Makes 1 1/2 cups

(Sorry this one isn't on a recipe card. I'm posting from my parents' home in Texas.)

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