Candied Pecans - Irresistibly Delicious and could not be easier to make

Candied Pecans - Irresistibly Delicious and could not be easier to make

These pecans are addictive. So addictive! Serve them as an appetizer, a fancy snack at a party or add them to your favourite salad to take it to the whole new level.

And when it comes to their preparation – well, it couldn’t be easier! Toss them in some maple syrup and a small amount of melted butter, bake for a few minutes and you are good to go… And sometimes, I skip the butter and everything else and just toss them with some maple syrup. Simple. Low maintenance recipe for this piece de resistance!

These little creations are surely going to take your salads to the next level
By the way, pecans in this picture were tossed with maple syrup and baked. Easy and still absolutely delicious for those days where you don’t feel like melting the butter!

DifficultyBeginner

Yields8 Servings

 1 cup pecan halves
 2 tbsp maple syrup
 1 tsp vanilla, optional
 2 tsp melted butter
 kosher salt or fleur de sel to taste (I like adding about 1/2 tsp)
 pinch of cayenne, optional, for some added heat
 pinch of cinnamon, classically added to candied pecans, I personally skip it

1

Preheat the oven to 325. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2

Combine melted butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, cayenne and vanilla, if using. Add pecans and stir to coat. Spread the dressed pecans onto prepared baking sheet separating them and spreading them in a single layer. Sprinkle the pecans with salt.

3

Bake the nuts for 10 minutes at that point start checking them and stirring them every few minutes. They are done when they smell nutty and aromatic and have darkened in colour. We are looking at about 20-24 minutes. Remove them from the oven, make sure each nut is separated to avoid sticking and allow to cool. Be sure not to touch the nuts with your bare hands as the melted sugar will be very hot. The sugar will harden as it cools.

If you happen to have leftovers, which is unlikely, store them at room temperature in an airtight container. Enjoy!

Ingredients

 1 cup pecan halves
 2 tbsp maple syrup
 1 tsp vanilla, optional
 2 tsp melted butter
 kosher salt or fleur de sel to taste (I like adding about 1/2 tsp)
 pinch of cayenne, optional, for some added heat
 pinch of cinnamon, classically added to candied pecans, I personally skip it

Directions

1

Preheat the oven to 325. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2

Combine melted butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, cayenne and vanilla, if using. Add pecans and stir to coat. Spread the dressed pecans onto prepared baking sheet separating them and spreading them in a single layer. Sprinkle the pecans with salt.

3

Bake the nuts for 10 minutes at that point start checking them and stirring them every few minutes. They are done when they smell nutty and aromatic and have darkened in colour. We are looking at about 20-24 minutes. Remove them from the oven, make sure each nut is separated to avoid sticking and allow to cool. Be sure not to touch the nuts with your bare hands as the melted sugar will be very hot. The sugar will harden as it cools.

If you happen to have leftovers, which is unlikely, store them at room temperature in an airtight container. Enjoy!

Candied Pecans

Happens to be Vegetarian.

Make it Vegan or Dairy-Free: replace butter with oil.

Happens to be Gluten-Free: as with all gluten-free recipes, ensure all your ingredients are gluten free and not cross-contaminated.

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