Candied Christmas Pecans

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Candied Pecans 
Christmas is coming! Whose already watched Home Alone? I have. Last night. Bless little Kevin.
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.
The Recipe
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)
The Method
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:


  1. Merhaba. Blogunuza webde gezinirken rastladim. Blogunuz, tarifler, fotograflar harika. Izleme listeme ekledim. Turkiye`den sevgilerle. Ozlem.

    1. Thank you Ozlem, I look forward to reading through your recipes as well. What did you think of my turkish recipes? Im working on adding more!
      sevgilerle londradan

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  3. I watched Home Alone for the first time last night (no idea how I've never watched it before). It was ACE!!!

    These look absolutely devine - I LOVE pecans! Hope you have a lovely Christmas x

    1. what?! how is that so! its SO good, i just hope you watch it during every christmas to come now!
      thank you and i hope you have a wonderful christmas too!

  4. your blog is very pretty, thanks for following me, i will follow you too!
    have a nice day. xxx

  5. Oh I adore pecans! I have done them in caramel (heaven) but these look even better! Can imagine how crispy sweet and nutty they are!!

  6. Hi. Great recipe! Could you tell me how many portions this makes as I'm thinking of giving them as little extra gifts! ���� Thanks!

  7. PS. Sorry forgot, what oven temperature did you use? Thanks.

    1. Hi Karen

      A 300g packet was a large bag I bought from the supermarket, I'd say it's enough to fill three cellophane bags, which I think would look lovely wrapped in ribbon! Also, oven temp is 180 degrees celsius, gas mark 4 :)

  8. Just tried this and its one of the rare things that I've ever cooked that has been a complete disaster. After 15 mins at gas 4 the pecans were surrounded by gooey mess & not remotely crispy. By the time they were crispy they were totally cremated and inedible. The few that weren't almost black, stuck hard & were covered in bits of foil when I tried to peel them away. Whole lot gone in the bin. Other recipes on web seem to use twice as much sugar to 1 egg white and are baked longer at a lower temp. :-(

    1. Hi there

      I'm really sorry that this happened to you! What's your email, if you don't mind me asking?

      I have just spotted a mistake in the recipe, I never stated that it's 180 C Fan oven, did you use a fan assisted oven?

      I'm really sorry again and hope we can talk about the recipe further to see what went wrong on my part - how many pecans did you use? The pecans should be coated, but not drenched in the egg white mixture.

      Em xx


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