I’ve been meaning to share my recipe for candied pecans. I think nuts are generally considered a fall food, but my favorite way to eat these pecans is in a fresh salad which sounds absolutely wonderful as we’re enjoying our brief Spring here in Phoenix. I know the heat is just around the corner and THAT is when I’ll serve these up on top of ice cream. No matter what, a batch of candied pecans never lasts long here at our house. Good (or bad) thing they’re so easy to make!
3 cups pecans
1 cup sugar
4 tablespoons butter (do not substitute margarine)
2-3 tsp vanilla
¼ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp cinnamon
Dash of salt & pepper
INSTRUCTIONS: In a large pan melt butter and sugar together over medium heat. If you want your nuts chopped, now is a good time to do so. Once sugar has started to melt, mix in nuts. Stir continuously for about 30 seconds. Add the vanilla, a teaspoon at a time, stirring between each. Sprinkle in spices, salt and pepper. Turn heat down to low and continue to stir nuts for another 2-3 minutes. Turn heat off and let nuts cool, stirring occasionally to keep them from sticking to the pan.
Package cooled nuts for gifting or enjoy over yogurt, ice cream, in salads, or by the handful. Now want to learn how to make a perfect Pecan Pie?