Daily Archives: December 22, 2014

Bet You Can’t Eat Just One (Handful)

Saturday, I posted this as my Facebook status: ” Christmasy Saturday at home with my honey….making sweet and spicy pecans, listening to Christmas music”.

A couple of my FB friends commented and asked for the recipe. So I decided that I would really shock everyone by posting two, yes, two, recipes in less than a week.

And if you think the cookbook page for the Applesauce Cake recipe showed signs of use, how about this?

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A close-up. I definitely have to read between the lines around the splotches.

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This recipe is made by coating pecan halves in a spice blend, so the first part of the recipe lists the ingredients for the blend.

Sweet and Spicy Blend

2 tablespoons light brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
4 teaspoons dried ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom*
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Store in an airtight container. Makes 6 tablespoons.
*A 2-ounce jar of ground cardamom will cost $8; you can use cinnamon in its place.

Sugar And Spice Nuts
Prep: 15 minutes. Bake 55 minutes

Use 1 pound of your favorite combination of raw nuts
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon Sweet Spice Blend
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg white
1 tablespoon water
1 pound pecan halves*

Combine first three ingredients in a medium bowl. Set aside.
Beat egg white and 1 tablespoon water in a medium bowl, using a handheld egg beater or a wire whisk, until foamy. (No liquid should remain.) Add pecans, stirring until evenly coated.
Add pecans to sugar mixture, stirring until coated. Place pecans in a single layer on a buttered 15×10 inch  jelly-roll pan (cookie sheet).
Bake at 275 degrees for 50 to 55 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread immediately in a single layer on wax paper, cool completely.
Store in an airtight container.
Makes about 5 cups
*Substitute whole almonds or walnut halves, if desired.

This is how I package the Sweet and Spicy Pecans for gifts; each container holds about a cup.

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…and I have a few leftover.

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(And enjoy….they’re so good!)

~These Days Of Mine~