Candied Pecans: The Easiest Recipe Ever

Happy new decade Thankgoditsfood fans! I thought it’d be a great way to start off the new year with a new recipe. Everytime I make it, this dessert is a hit with friends and family. Even people who claimed that they don’t like nuts have been converted. This is an extremely easy recipe to make. 5-minute prep time… no joke, I’ve done it before…then again I was doing it in high-speed. The original recipe calls for pecans, however you may also use other nut substitutes if you absolutely detest pecans. According to Vy, the candied almond version is also pretty good. Walnuts will work too, but the texture is very different. Vy and I personally didn’t like the walnut version as much when they were eaten by themselves, but with icecream that’s a totally different story. Candied pecans are a great snack item and they make great gifts! I hope you guys enjoy this recipe!

Ingredients

1 lb. pecans
1 egg white
1 tsp. water
1 cup sugar (I usually use 1/2 cup because 1 cup is a lot!)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt

Directions

Beat egg white and water. Make sure the egg white is evenly distributed otherwise, some pecans will be too wet and lumpy. Add the pecans and stir. Try to get an even coat of the water and egg white mixture all over the pecans. This wet mix acts as an adhesive so that the dry mix (sugar, cinnamon, and salt) can stick to the pecans. Blend sugar, salt and cinnamon. For this step the amount of sugar added is up to your discretion. The original recipe calls for 1 cup but I find that to be too much, so I usually use 1/2 a cup or 2/3 cup. When done mixing the dry ingredients, pour over the wet pecans. Mix. Spread over foil on baking sheet/pan (~1 lb per baking sheet) Bake for a total of 1 hour* at 225, turning and spreading nuts every 20 min.

*The amount of time you bake for can vary. Back at my old apartment 40 minutes total would be enough because the oven there was really powerful. If you like your pecans crispier then definitely bake for the whole hour. If you want to taste more of the raw nut flavor, then you should probably bake for less than 1 hour. Either way, don’t forget to stir in 20 minute increments so your candied nuts cook evenly and don’t burn on one side. Good luck!

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~ by thankgoditsfood on January 1, 2010.

One Response to “Candied Pecans: The Easiest Recipe Ever”

  1. Hmm.. sounds so easy that I might even be able to do it. I’ll have to give it a try sometime

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