Sugar and Spice Pecans

Spiced Pecans

You know the spiced nut vendors at the Ren Faire? They make some tasty products, but they’re super expensive for the amount you’re getting, and besides the Faire’s only in town a month out of the year. What happens when your roommate wants spiced nuts for his birthday and the Faire is gone? Well, you scour the internet for recipes and find these, which are super delicious.

Sugar and Spice Pecans, adapted from Smitten Kitchen

1 lb. pecan halves (in theory walnuts would also work, but they’re gross)
1/3 c. brown sugar
2/3 c. granulated sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 egg white
1 Tbsp. water

Pick over the nuts to make sure they’re all good (broken ones are fine, just no withered ones or what have you) and preheat the oven to 300 degrees. In a small bowl, mix the sugars, cinnamon, salt and cayenne until there are no lumps. (This is doubleplus important with the cayenne.) Set that aside.

In a large, clean bowl, add the water to the egg white and whip until it’s frothy — not holding shape, but thick. Mix the nuts into the egg white and stir until they’re all coated, then add the sugars and spice and stir vigorously to stick it to all the pecans.

Dump the pecans onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, stirring a couple times during the cooking. Break up any clumps that have formed when they’re out the final time and let them cool before putting them in bags, jars or your roommate.

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~ by iliadawry on 17 June 2012.

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