These spiced candied pecans are the perfect topping for salads, ice creams and as a snack by themselves. You wont be able to stop yourself from popping them in your mouth. They are sweet with a coating of caramelized sugar with just a hint of heat and spritz of lemon, that leaves you wanting more. They are crunchy, bursting with flavor! Forget about buying them at the store. And, you can make them as easily in your own kitchen.
Try orange juice instead of lemon, add black pepper along with cayenne or ginger powder. Own your creation!
Combine pecans, sugar, cayenne and salt in a medium sauce pan
On medium heat, slowly cook the mixture till the sugar caramelizes to a golden brown and coats the pecans.
Now set the heat to high for a minute. You will see the pan browning. Add the lemon juice. You will hear a sizzle and the lemon juice will loosen the caramelized sugar on the pan. Stir quickly to combine.
Cook till all the liquid evaporates.
Transfer the nuts onto the sheet pan or silicone baking mat. Separate the pieces with a heat proof rubber spatula or fork.
Let it cool to room temperature. (I pop them in my mouth when are hot – can’t control myself!)
Keeps for 3 weeks.
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