Chuck's Candied Pecans

TOTAL TIME: 22 min
Prep: 5 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 17 min
YIELD: 2 cups
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

  • 2 cups white (granulated) sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups pecans
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Directions

In a heavy saucepan on medium heat add the sugar and water. Gently stir with a spoon to ensure that the sugar is completely dissolved before it comes to a boil. Let it go for approximately 20 minutes on medium heat, you are looking for a nice amber color and slow bubbling. Cut the heat.

Carefully* add the pecans and toss to cover. While tossing, add a pinch of salt and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Spread them out on a lightly oiled sheet pan or a silpat to cool.

Serve them crumbled in a salad, on a dessert or just on their own.

Notes

Be careful when your heating sugar, it tends to get really hot, be sure not to touch it or taste it. Wait until sugar is hardened and cooled down.

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  • on January 22, 2012

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    After wasting four cups of sugar, two cups of water and tweo cups of pecans I gave up. I tried this twice and never got the amber colored mixture, only the sugared mess.

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  • on December 23, 2011

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    I followed jarront's clarified directions, and was very happy with the results. It took longer than I thought for the sugar mixture to turn to amber - probably 25 - 27 minutes (I did double the recipe, though. I was beginning to worry. But I set the timer for 20 minutes and did not look away until I got the amber color. The only change I would make next time is to add slightly more nuts than the recipe calls for. Mine ended up a little more like brittle, but they are very good and they look beautiful. Can't wait to make another batch for gift-giving!

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  • on December 18, 2011

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    After two failed attempts. I figured out how to pull this off perfectly just like that darn picture in the people magazine where I got this recipe. Here's what they failed to mention in the directions. You must first dissolve the sugar completley on low heat with a constant stir. To check if dissolved use thumb and index finger to dip in mixture, if it feels smooth not gritty than its ready. Turn up the heat to med hi and no more stirring at this point just let it boil until it the amber color sets in. Then follow the original directions.

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