Have you ever stayed at the Ritz Carlton and tasted their spiced pecans? Oh my heavens, they are addicting but oh so good!
I recently spent a few days at the Ritz Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation where I was surrounded by nature and Southern charm. My balcony overlooked a tranquil lake and inside my room was the ultimate comfy bed with crisp white linens, the softest downy pillows and a little glass jar of these naughty pecans!
Thankfully the recipe was attached as I nibbled, shared, and knew I had to make these soon! They are so easy to make with just a few ingredients. These can be a fabulous make ahead for a cocktail party or hostess gift.
1 lb pecan halves
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper *
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet pan with parchment paper. Combine all ingredients and mix well. Arrange pecans in a single layer on the pan. Bake 15 minutes, then stir.
Bake an additional 10 minutes and remove from the oven. Allow pecans to cool about 5 minutes – no more, then stir to loosen individual pieces. I removed the pecans and placed onto another baking sheet as once they cool completely, they will break if trying to separate. Once completed cooled, store in an airtight container. For how long? hard to tell as they have never lasted more than 1-2 days before being eaten up!
* 1 tablespoon of cayenne is VERY spicy. I would suggest using 1-2 teaspoons instead.
I love being in the kitchen. Early mornings, soft music, a hot espresso. Easing into the preparation of delicious meals. Glancing through cookbooks, gathering inspiration and planning my day. I look forward to the cycles of the seasons, the pleasures of tasting and savoring and sharing this with those dear to me. Weekends are special to me as my week days are often rushed, but still I create the ambiance, light the candles, set the table and uncork the wine.