Saturday, January 23, 2010

Sweet and Spicy Candied Pecans

Nonstick vegetable oil spray
3 TB light corn syrup
1 1/2 TB sugar
3/4 tsp. Salt
1/4 tsp. (generous) freshly ground black pepper
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 1/2 cups pecan halves

Preheat oven to 325F.  Spray baking sheet with nonstick spray.  Combine
corn syrup and next 4 ingredients in a bowl.  Stir to blend.  Add
pecans, stir gently to coat.  Transfer to baking sheet.

Place large piece of foil on work surface.  Bake pecans 5 minutes.
Using fork, stir pecans to coat with the melted mixture.  Continue
baking until pecans are golden and coating bubbles, about 10 minutes.
Transfer to foil quickly, separate nuts with fork. Cool.Can be made 3
days ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.  Serve with a salad, or
alone as a wonderful snack.

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