Recipe #24: Bourbon Maple Candied Pecans

I can’t believe the year is coming the end soon, October sort of flew by. I am now starting month #3 of my Love Real Food cooking challenge (click here to see all posts in this series). I’m loving this cookbook and the recipes are not disappointing me. I know I’m only about 1/4 through but if you are looking for cooking inspiration, I would definitely recommend getting this book.

For post #24, I made these candied pecans. I love pecans but I rarely eat them because they can be a little pricey. But if you can get some pecans, you have to candy them. They become so flavourful and caramelized.

I opted for the alcohol free version of this recipe by using vanilla extract instead of bourbon. I guess it would have had a deeper flavour with the liquor, I’m not sure. These pecans were so easy to prepare though. Just had to mix the seasoning in a bowl, toss with the nuts and spread on a baking sheet to put in the oven.

So the recipe says to bake them for like 25 minutes total, but mine were ready after only 15. They got a little dark so maybe 13 minutes would have been enough for me, but they didn’t taste burnt at all. They had so much flavour from the maple syrup, salt and cayenne pepper – it was a nice sweet, salty and spicy combo.

Candied nuts are a great snack on their own but they are perfect in dishes too. You can make a nice salad with mixed greens, goat cheese, dried cranberries and some of these yummy pecans. You could even turn it into a meal with some chopped chicken on top.

I wonder if using this recipe to make candied walnuts or almonds would be good too. I have a feeling they would turn out just as well!

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