Saturday, December 18, 2010
Make some this weekend to serve at Christmas and New Years or give away as gifts!
4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cayenne
1 tsp. each ground white pepper, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice (or 4 tsp. quatre épices)
4 cups pecan halves (about 12 oz.)
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup dark maple syrup (or 1/2 cup regular maple syrup
Up to two weeks ahead: Heat the oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, toss together the salt, cayenne, white pepper, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice. Add the pecans and toss well. Drizzle the melted butter over the pecans and mix well. Turn out onto a rimmed baking sheet, scraping any spices and butter from the bowl and spreading the nuts into one layer. Bake until lightly toasted, stirring occasionally, about 9 min. Drizzle the maple syrup over the nuts, stir to combine, and bake about 10 min. longer, until the nuts turn glossy and slightly dark. Let the nuts cool in the pan for 30 min. and then scrape the nuts and any maple drippings into a bowl; break up any large clusters.
These can be stored in ziplock bags in the freezer.