This snack is tasty, healthy, nutritious, convenient and no mess to your fingers to eat; quick and easy to make. It's so worth it to share with the world here.
½ Cup sugar
2 TB. Water
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. Cayenne pepper
2 ½ Cups pecan halves
Non-stick pan lining paper, one side parchment one side foil
Non-stick heavy saucepan
Prep. time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 10 – 14 minutes
Cleaning time: 5 minutes
If you feel unsure for doing something for the first time or are new to cooking, no worry. Follow along my step by step instructables. I promise you won't stop making this snack after now.
Step 1: Place Pecans in Room Temperature the Night Before.
Step 2: 2. Preheat Oven to 350�F.
Step 3: Line a Cookie Sheet With Non-stick Pan Lining Paper.
Step 4: Warm Pecans to Room Temperature.
This step is for those who forgot to place pecans in room temperature the night before. So place pecans in a baking pan in the preheated oven to warm them to room temperature. Skip to next step if you have done the first step of this instructables.
Step 5: Prepare Spices and Coat Pecans.
Add the sugar, water, salt, and cayenne pepper in the heavy saucepan. Turn on stove. Stir over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Boil, without stirring, for 2 minutes. Turn off heat and add the (room temperature) pecans to this syrup, stirring for 1 minute until the pecans are consistently coated with the syrup. Transfer pecans to the lined cookie sheet, spreading and separating them as evenly as possible. Work quickly. Place in oven to bake, set timer for 10 minutes.
Step 6: Bake the Pecans.
After baking for several minutes, when the syrup loosens up, wear your oven mittens, shake the cookie sheet to make pecans spread in one single layer on the cookie sheet.
Step 7: Continue to Bake Until the Pecans Start to Brown.
Note: This picture was taken at night under poor lighting. The pecans look dark becuase of that. But they are not burned. The picture in next step is definitely a better representation.
Step 8: Separate Pecans to Individual Pecan Halves.
Step 9: Store Them in an Airtight Container Away From Heat and Light.
Step 10: Tips for Doing More Than One Batch:
At first, I disposed the pan lining paper with hardened syrup after each batch. Later I found the syrup hardens to hard candy and cracks off easily. What’s more amazing is the cracked off candy tastes very good, it wakes me up and cheers me up every time I pop a piece in my mouth. I also use it as a spice in salad and cooking.
Step 11: Ideas for Eating Your Spicy Glazed Pecans:
To eat as a snack, have your kids take some to school to snack; fill pretzel bags with them, twist tie the bag and bring it to your work or on the road to snack; give them to friends and families as a snack gift to show you care and share.