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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Candied Spiced Pecans

You know what's good? Spiced Candied Pecans! The first time I had these...a friend (Hi Denise!!) and I were in Charleston, SC at the public market. They sell all kinds of things there....T-shirts, SC trinkets, those VERY cool sweet grass baskets (that are so incredibly expensive that I can't afford one) and food items. As we were strolling through the market, Denise saw the pecans and on a whim...bought a bag. Well...let me tell you...we should have purchased TWO bags...one for each of us. When we got back to our rental car, we opened the little cone shaped bag and practically inhaled them! They were SO good! After we got home, I went on the hunt for a way to make them in my kitchen. When I came across this recipe, I knew I had a winner! Maybe not quite as good as what we had in Charleston, but a very close second. I've used these in salads...given little bags of them as gifts....used them in recipes...or just for munching!! They are delicious!

Candied Spiced Pecans



1 pound pecan halves
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon water
1 egg white

Preheat oven to 300 degrees

Mix sugar, salt and cinnamon together and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the egg white and water together until foamy. Dump the pecans in the egg white mixture and STIR to coat. Pour sugar mixture over pecans and stir until all pecans are coated. Place on a parchment paper lined (or greased) rimmed cookie sheet. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Allow to cool then break into pieces.

The ingredients....
The ingredients....
Stir the sugar, salt and cinnamon together...
Stir the sugar, salt and cinnamon together...
Whip the egg white and water until foamy.
Whip the egg white and water until foamy.
Dump the pecans into the egg white mixture. Stir to coat.....then....
Dump the pecans into the egg 
white mixture. Stir to coat.....then....
..sprinkle the sugar/cinnamon mixture over the pecans and stir to coat again.
..sprinkle the sugar/cinnamon mixture 
over the pecans and stir to coat again.
Spread the coated nuts onto a cookie sheet and bake. Don't forget to stir every 15 minutes. That's 3 times total during the 45 minute baking time.
Spread the coated nuts onto a cookie 
sheet and bake. Don't forget to stir 
every 15 minutes. That's 3 times total 
during the 45 minute baking time.
Mmmm....now to decide what to do with them. Not a hard decision, if you ask me.
Mmmm....now to decide what 
to do with them. Not a hard decision, 
if you ask me.

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