My favorite Spinach Strawberry Salad has candied pecans in it. I used to buy the pecans already candied. Nothing wrong with that; but I thought it was time to start making my own. Now that I've figured out how easy it is, I don't know why I didn't start making these a long time ago.
I had collected several recipes (like this one) that used the simple technique of coating the pecans with a mixture of egg white, sugar, and seasonings. Sure enough, it works beautifully and results in crunchy, delicious candy-coated pecans. I played around with flavor combos and cooking times until I came up with this recipe that's about as easy as it gets.
Only problem is, these smelled so good while they were baking, so I had to taste one to make sure they turned out okay, and then I needed to taste a few more from different locations in the baking pan. You know, just to make sure they'd cooked evenly. Well, before I knew it, I'd about made myself sick taste-testing these yummy nuts. Totally addictive. That's the problem.
Nevertheless, this is a recipe worth making. These candied pecans are really versatile. Use them for
Step-by-step photos for making Sugar & Spice Candied Pecans
Step 1. Assemble the ingredients: raw pecans, sugar, brown sugar, allspice, cinnamon, cayenne pepper (optional), salt, vanilla, egg
Step 2. Crack an egg and add the white to a large bowl; beat with an electric mixer just until it's foamy.
Step 3. Add all of the other ingredients except the pecans. The cayenne is optional--I add it because it gives the pecans a little kick, and I like them that way.
Step 4. Beat until well mixed.
Step 5. Add the pecans to the sweet mixture and stir until the pecans are coated all over.
Step 7. Bake for 40 minutes, stirring and flipping them with a spatula half way through the baking time.
Step 8. Remove from oven and transfer parchment sheet (with pecans still on it) to a cooling rack.
Step 9. Cool completely and break the nuts apart.
Step 10. Store the nuts in an air tight jar or container at room temperature.
Tins are a fun way to store the candied pecans. I found this old nut tin when I was antiquing recently with my friend Sheri. Little did I know how perfect it would be for storing these candied pecans.
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You don't want to give all of your candied pecans away. Because, you need to keep some to feed the addiction you're likely to have once you've made these. Look at their crunchy, sweet goodness. So delish. Betcha can't eat just one!
Make it a yummy day!
Try these candied pecans on this yummy salad:
Spinach Strawberry Salad with Candied Pecans & Feta
And, sprinkled on ice cream:
Smooth & Creamy Vanilla Bean Ice Cream