Thursday, August 13, 2009

Fiery Candied Pecans

Hot & spicy, sweet & salty, this fiery twist on traditional Southern candied pecans is the ideal snack for fans of fiery foods. If you prefer a slightly less hot snack, simply use cayenne powder or red pepper powder instead of the habanero pepper powder.

1/2 cup sugar
scant 1/2 cup water
1/4 of a whole vanilla bean
3/4 cup pecan halves
Habanero pepper powder
Kosher salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a small saucepan stir together the sugar and water, then scrape out the inside of the vanilla bean piece into the mixture. Bring to a boil while stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from heat and let this syrup sit for 1 minute. In the meantime, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or wax paper. Add the pecan halves to the sugar syrup and stir well to evenly coat all the pecans. Spread the nuts in a thin layer on the lined cookie sheet, and sprinkle lightly with the habanero powder and the kosher salt. Bake at 400 degrees for 3 to 5 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Store in an airtight container, and enjoy with a cold beverage such as lemonade or sweet tea.

Zestfully yours,
Carolina Sauce Company

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