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Monday, November 19, 2007

Spicy Candied Pecans

I love the candied nuts people put out at the holidays but am always aghast at how much they cost. After picking them up and quickly putting them back down again after looking at the price at least four times recently, I decided to make my own.

I bought the nuts at Trader Joe's because they always have really good deals on nuts and dried fruits - a 1 pound bag of organic raw pecans was only $5.69. I found plenty of recipes online - below is one from Slashfood that I've modified slightly to make it slightly spicy, as opposed to just spiced.

This seems like something you could play around with quite a bit and always have it turn out yummy. For instance, you could probably replace the sugar with maple syrup or play with the spices to create something with a more middle eastern flavor - cardamom, cumin, etc. Candied walnuts would also be good.
My (much cheaper) delicious candied pecansSpiced Candied Pecans
  • 2 1/2 cups raw pecans
  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

1. Preheat oven to 300F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, stir the pecans with the egg white.

3. In a small bowl, stir together the sugar, cinnamon, allspice and salt. Pour over the nuts and stir until evenly coated.

4. Spread in a single layer on the baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes.

5. Slide parchment paper (with nuts still on it) off of the baking sheet and onto a wire rack (or the counter) to cool.

6. Break nuts up into a bowl to serve or store at room temperature in an airtight container.


Chloe said...

Great recipe Eve! I always just make up the recipe for these. My version is slightly more gooey--I add roughly 1/4 cup maple syrup and some tamari or soy sauce which makes the nuts messy to eat but very delicious. Chloe

Eve Fox said...

I was actually thinking about your family when I decided to make these - I remember that you guys made them and they were always delicious. Soy sauce is a brilliant idea! Why didn't I think of that... Do you want to share your improvisational recipe and method with me?

Zdubb said...

I'm going to try making these tomorrow for a departmental holiday party. I'm sure they'll be great!