I was able to make it to Costco this past weekend. I haven’t been since before Christmas (October to be completely truthful), and my full cart and bill proved my poor Costco attendance. I don’t buy everything at Costco, but the one thing I love to stock up on while I am there are almonds and pecans.
Since I had a full freezer of nuts this weekend, I whipped up a couple of batches of almond pecan butter. It has been so long since I have made this that I forgot how good it was. We had to stop ourselves from eating all of the roasted nuts before they cooled enough to put them in the food processor! Now that I had created a staple, I thought that it was time for me to create something new! Candied Pecans!
OK – I know that candied nuts are not new, however, I have never made them before. My sister, Cherie has made them on numerous occasions – I love it when I show up at her place and there is a large container of them just sitting on the counter, waiting to be devoured. I am not ashamed to say this has happened more than once :) I find that candied nuts often make an appearance at Christmas time. This is usually when I think about trying to make them myself, but then I get too busy and I don’t think about it again for another twelve months.
But not this time!
I was inspired to make these this weekend. I knew the standard was tossing the nuts in a bit of maple syrup and baking them, but I wanted to add in a few more flavours. I went into my fully stocked pantry (did I mention I went to Costco this weekend ;) ) grabbed some cinnamon, vanilla and pink sea salt.
I only wanted to make a cup of candied nuts, as I didn’t want to waste them in case they didn’t turn out. So, I took a cup of pecans and tossed them with the stuff I pulled from the pantry. I threw everything on a baking pan (covered with parchment paper) and baked them for 15 minutes.
I wasn’t sure how long to cook them for, but I know when making almond butter that the pecans have a tendency to cook quickly. I was also worried about the maple syrup burning.
When I took the nuts out of the oven, they were sticky & gooey, but that didn’t stop me from trying one right away. Please note, this isn’t advisable, as maple syrup right out of the oven is really, really hot J I found that the cinnamon and salt were a great combination to cut through the sweetness of maple syrup. It took about ten minutes for the nuts to become candied.
Needless to say, I regret that we only made one cup of candied nuts, two cups would have allowed for more daytime snacking!
- 1 cup pecan halves
- 2 tbsp real maple syrup
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- pinch pink sea salt
- Pre-heat oven to 350 °F.
- Toss all ingredients in medium mixing bowl.
- Pour nuts and other ingredients onto baking sheet, lined with parchment paper.
- Bake in pre-heated oven for 15 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool before tasting.
- Keep this recipe handy, as you will likely want to make more! :)