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Ginger Scented Pecans

Sweet and spicy, ginger-infused pecans are an enticing accompaniment to a drink before dinner and an excellent gift as well. Toasting releases their essential oils, bringing out the fullest flavor.

  • yield: Makes 5 cups

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Ingredients

  • 5 cups pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil

Cook's Note

Use only the freshest nuts you can find, and discard all broken pieces.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Place nuts in a single layer on two rimmed baking sheets. Toast until nuts are fragrant, 10 to 15 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through cooking. Meanwhile, combine sugar, salt, and ginger in a small bowl, and set aside.

  2. Step 2

    Combine honey, 2 tablespoons water, and oil in a large saucepan, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium, and add roasted pecans. Cook, stirring once or twice, until all of the liquid has evaporated, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer mixture to a bowl, add sugar mixture, and toss until well combined. Spread nuts in a single layer on a sheet of parchment paper to cool. These pecans may be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 week.

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Reviews (3)

  • clumsykitchen 22 Dec, 2008

    These are amazing and the flavors aren't overwhelming... which is why I ate probably 2 cups by myself! So easy to make too and a simple to throw together either last minute or while you're baking something else. One of my faves.

  • petiteflour 19 Jan, 2008

    Fabulous! Everyone enjoy's them. We made them once to sell at a craft sale. They also make a fine hostess gift.

  • hlg22 4 Dec, 2007

    I am not much of a nut person but I tried these at a friend's house and couldn't stop eating them! I've made them several times since and they always go over well. Perfect combination of salty and sweet, and so easy to make.