This recipe combines the toasty crunchy goodness of plump pecans with sugar and a quiet hint of kosher salt. A perfect fusion of sweetness and salt. Bagged in cellophane and tied with a ribbon, they make nice party favors. Put a cup of these gems in a pretty box or bag for some lucky someone. As a thank you, hostess gift, or a confirmation that you just plain really like someone. Those on the receiving end of these will feel appreciated in the sweetest way!
You could make this recipe with other nuts such as almonds, peanuts, or cashews. Even better, a combination of all of them!
Toasted Sugared and Salted Pecans
2 Cups of pecan halves
3-1/2 Tablespoons powdered sugar
1/2 Cup sugar
1-1/2 Teaspoons kosher salt
2-1/2 Teaspoons light corn syrup
2 Tablespoons water
Stuff you will need:
Place pecan halves on a parchment lined baking sheet, and bake at 350 for 6 minutes, toss, and bake for approximately 6 more minutes. Watch them carefully, they burn quickly. If you can smell the nuts, they are getting close to being finished.
Let pecans cool until they are still warm and toss them with powdered sugar, and salt.
Bring the sugar, water, and corn syrup to a boil over medium heat. Cook mixture until it reaches 284 on a candy thermometer. Add the dusted nuts to the pan and mix until nuts are covered. Remove from the heat. Pour onto a parchment covered cooling rack. Cool down and place them in an airtight container.
If it is summer and you don't want to turn your oven on, you can toast the nuts on the stove top in a large frying pan over low heat, tossing often until they become dark brown and you can smell toasty goodness.