Once a year I go crazy for sweet and spicy pecans. This year I tried making them with maple sugar. They’re not overly sweet. Traditional winter-time spices and the hint of maple…
I thought you might like to make them, too, so here’s the recipe:
MAPLE SUGAR AND SPICE PECANS
Preheat oven to 225 (convection) or 250 (conventional).
In medium bowl, beat one egg white with 1 tablespoon water.
In a larger bowl, mix together 1/2 cup maple sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon cloves, and a pinch of cayenne pepper.
Toss 1 pound of raw pecan halves in the egg mixture. Stir until evenly coated.
Transfer to sugar mixture and toss thoroughly.
Spread nuts on baking sheet with rim. Bake 44-48 minutes (convection) or 50-60 minutes (conventional), stirring every 10-12 minutes. Remove them from the oven when they have the desired amount of crunch. Cool in the pan.
You can download the recipe by following the links here: Maple Sugar and Spice Pecans Recipe
I don’t know whether maple sugar is available in regular grocery stores. I find it at my local natural foods store.