Sweet and spicy. My new (slight) obsession… These are so easy to make and so amazingly satisfying for those cold Winter cravings. Maple syrup is a wholesome sweetener, and when used in moderation can be wonderfully fulfilling (that was a mouthful…). The addition of cayenne and black pepper makes these nuts perfectly warming. Add the to a salad, hot cereal, a cheese platter, or just munch away – like someone I know…
MAPLE GLAZED PECANS
(Adapted from Bon Appetit, December 2000.)
Extra-virgin olive oil or butter
1/3 cup pecans
1 tablespoon maple syrup
Pinch of sea salt
One grind of black pepper
Tiny pinch of cayenne
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly coat baking pan with olive oil or butter. Combine pecans, syrup, salt, pepper, and cayenne in a small bowl and toss to coat. Spread nut mixture into baking dish. Bake until nuts are golden and maple syrup bubbles – about 15 minutes. Stir occasionally to break up clumps. Cool on baking sheet, remove while slightly warm with a spatula.
Makes 1/3 cup
Prep time: 20 minutes
from Feeding the Whole Family (third edition) by Cynthia Lair (Sasquatch Books, 2008).
WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE???