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Monday, January 20, 2014

Eggless Candied Pecans







I love Candied pecans !!
I used them in salads,  but can be used just for plain old snack or as any dessert toppers. It can be a great holiday gift for family, friends or neighbors.







 



Ingredients:
2 cups pecans
1/3 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup water
1 table spoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon vanilla




Method:
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line nonstick baking pan with parchment paper.
  • In a medium microwave safe bowl stir together pecans, sugar and water.
  • Stir in vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Cook in microwave for 5-6 min on high power, stir every min.   
    • Continuing  to stir in between until the mixture becomes very thick and begins to reduce.
    • The syrup will begin to get darker and will reduce, stir until enough syrup is left just enough to coat the pecans
    • The whole process should take about 6-7 min depending on the power of microwave.
    • Spread the pecans out on your prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10-11 min minutes, continuing  to stir in between until desired crispness of pecans is acquired.
    • Be sure to keep a close eye to avoid burning.
    • Cool them completely then break apart.
    • Can be stored in airtight container and in the fridge to improve longevity, but good idea to make them fresh.

















    Suggestions:

    • For heat loving palates: you may add 2 tsp of Cayenne pepper for sweet and spicy pecans.
    • For Maple flavor loving palates: you may add 2 tables spoon of maple syrup before heating them in microwave.
    • You may try same recipe for almonds, walnuts or cashews. 
    • This recipe yields 2 cups.



    Recipe adapted by Surekha from several sources for ease of making them in microwave and eggless.

    Photographs by Surekha.














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