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Chinese Five-Spice Pecans

Chinese five-spice powder typically combines cinnamon, star anise, anise seeds, ginger, and cloves. The combination gives the pecans a sweet, bitter, salty, and pungent flavor that's great.

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  • Servings: 8
  • Yield: Makes 5 cups
Chinese Five-Spice Pecans

Photography: Sang An

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 2011

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder (penzeys.com)
  • Coarse salt
  • 4 3/4 cups pecans (1 1/4 pounds)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Whisk egg white in a large bowl until foamy, about 30 seconds. Whisk in sugars, soy sauce, five-spice powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add pecans, and toss to coat using a rubber spatula.

  2. Transfer pecan mixture to a parchment-lined baking sheet, and spread into a single layer using rubber spatula. Bake, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 1 hour 10 minutes.

  3. Transfer sheet to a wire rack, and let stand until cool and hardened, about 30 minutes.

Cook's Note

Nuts can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

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