Spiced Candied Pecans
One of our family’s favorite ways to kill a day is by strolling through the farmer’s market. We love the colors, textures, and smells of all the fruits and vegetables. We carry our bags and fill them full of new things to try, old favorites we know we love, and occasionally things we can’t pronounce. I always pull the family towards the barns to stock up on my honey stash and spices.
But this past Saturday, was by far my favorite visit EVER!
The kids are always trolling for the samples, so they are always quite a few steps ahead. As I caught up to them at one of the new vendor tables, the smell reached into my very soul and took root.
The new guy is a nut vendor!
There are very few smells that are as good as warm, spiced nuts. We stopped and chatted. He shared his fried peanuts (which are glorious) and as we were ready to leave the table, he lifted a lid and I think I heard angel’s singing.
Underneath that ordinary plastic lid, were the most delectable Spiced Candied Pecans that I have ever tasted in my life. From that moment on my life was forever defined as the day before Spiced candied pecans and after.
We drove home with our $10 bags of nuts and while still full from lunch, could not find the willpower to stop eating them. Once home some of us (Me!) placed our bags on the coffee table to be shared, and some hid their bags (Brea). By the next morning an ugly sight faced me….. the bag was empty!
What was I going to do? The nut guy is only at the farmer’s market on Friday-Sunday. It was Monday! Once I stopped crying, I determined in my heart that I held the skill’s to re-create these little bites of gloriousness.
After a bit of trial and error, I did it! And today I am going to share it with you.
I need you to be warned that the addiction is real. Your friends and family will begin to only love you for your Spiced Candied Pecan’s.
The extra warning is that they really are too easy to make, and your house will smell simply amazing. With all that said, bake at your own risk, but please you have to try these. To give you some added incentive to try these little gifts of deliciousness, today is National Pecan Day! So you see it would be unpatriotic to not go into your kitchen, right now and whip up a batch.
- 2 egg whites
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 lb. bag of whole pecans
- 2 cup sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 2 ½ tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. nutmeg
- ¾ tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. cloves
- ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
- Preheat oven to 300 °F
- Combine sugar’s, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, cloves, and pepper in a plastic bag. Shake to combine thoroughly.
- Add egg whites and vanilla to the bowl of your mixer, with the whisk attachment, whisk until egg whites are white with soft peaks.
- Fold nuts through the egg whites until the nuts are completely covered.
- Add spice mixture to the pecans and egg whites and mix until well coated.
- Pour your sugared nuts onto a greased baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes, turning after every 15 minutes.
- Allow the nuts to cool on the sheet pan before serving. (If you can wait that long)