After my reunion with warm, spicy candied nuts (of all kinds) at Winter Wonderland in London a couple of weeks ago, you guessed it, I was obsessed. I would spend long nights lulling over their sweet deliciousness, the way you would bite into each nut to find this textured and salty surprise. The way that would happen and it not actually be a factory made M&M, was beyond me.
Then I came across Smitten Kitchen's Sugar and Spice Candied Nuts. Have you ever done that thing where you've eaten something really good then googled it straight away? The photos inspired me, the paprika...not so much, that belongs on chicken.
So it came around to my birthday and seeing as its not permitted to bake your own birthday cake, nuts had to suffice. Don't be surprised at how ridiculously simple pecans, or any nut for that matter, is to candy. It.
Is. So. Bloody. Easy.
To top it off - helllooooo homemade-gifts-for-Christmas-o'clock! Doesn't get much better really, and they will bring your 'giftees' right back to the fireplace and/or Deptford market.
300g (1 package) pecans, or whichever nut takes your fancy
Half cup (120g) + 1 tbsp caster sugar
1 egg white
1 tbsp cold water
1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
1 tsp salt
Quarter tsp vanilla extract (optional)
Start by preheating the oven to 180C.
Whisk the egg white and tbsp of water until frothy, but not completely stiff.
Add all of the pecans into the bowl and stir until it looks like there are little white bubbles on all of the pecans.
Next, just throw in all of the dry ingredients, including the vanilla extract, and stir until evenly distributed.
Line a baking tray with foil and spread the pecans around the tray so that they're not on top of each other (refer to the picture below).
Place in the oven for 15 minutes, then turn them around with a fork (so their bottoms can crisp up) and put back in the oven for a further 15 minutes.
Leave to cool and serve!
What have you candied for Christmas? Love Em xx
PS, this is what our Christmas looks like: