When a recipe calls for candied pecans and you've got to make some quick, this is for you! You toast the nuts on the stove top and then coat them with a syrup. Really easy, and they aren't like those super hard ones that'll crack your teeth! I listed a few of my recipes below that use candied pecans.
1½ TBSPs packed brown sugar
1½ tsps water
⅛ tsp vanilla
⅛ tsp salt
1 cup pecan pieces
1. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, water, vanilla, and salt, stirring to combine (don't worry that the sugar and salt won't all be dissolved). Set this at-the-ready, next to your stove, as this recipe goes really quickly.
2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, toast pecans for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent burning. When you begin to smell a lovely, nutty aroma, they're done.
3. Quickly drizzle the sugar mixture into the pan, on top of the pecans, stirring the nuts as you drizzle. Stir constantly for about 15 seconds, until the pecans are thoroughly coated in the sugar mixture. Immediately remove from heat so they don't burn.
4. Spread the pecans on a piece of parchment to cool. Once cooled, you can break the nuts apart, if needed.
Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container. The pecans will be slightly sticky at first, but the coating hardens further within a few hours.
Perfect for these recipes:
Spinach and Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
Gorgonzola Pear Toasts
Pear Pomegranate Salad