If .. ‘Ifs and buts’ were candy and nuts…oh, what a party we would have.” –H. Bergh
I love candied nuts. They are salty-sweet and super easy to make. Add them to an ordinary dessert or salad and you’re a rock star! They’re a perfect addition to any holiday menu and can be stored a week or so in an airtight container. Give it a try and let me know what you think!
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
- 1-cup raw pecans, walnuts, or hazelnuts
- A generous pinch (about ¼ of a teaspoon) of kosher salt
- Melt butter in a large sauté pan.
- Add brown sugar and cook while stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves.
- Add the nuts and cook while stirring constantly until the nuts take on a golden color.
- Spread out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper to cool. If the nuts are stuck together, use 2 forks to separate.
Here are some ingredients you can add to the nuts while they’re browning to change things up:
- A generous pinch (about ¼ of a teaspoon) of cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- A generous pinch (about ¼ of a teaspoon) of smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
Enjoy your Sunday!
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Suzie The Foodie, Candied Pecans.
Here’s the skinny- Mr. Dinsmore outlines 3 steps you can take towards a more fulfilling career and life. The first is to identify your unique strengths- Dinsmore asks, “What do you wake up wanting to do, even when you’re not getting paid to do it? What do people thank you for?”
This is where I struggle. Is there any one thing I’m really, really good at? What would I still enjoy doing after the millionth time? When the answer doesn’t slap me in the face, I panic. Maybe I need to hire a shrink, a yogi, a life coach, and a psychic, not in any particular order. Sorting out this mess could take a while.
But then it comes it me- THE CAKE. It was my oldest son’s 17th birthday on Saturday. When your child has flown the coop, a birthday party reaches biblical proportions. If I had a fatted calf, I would’ve butchered it with bells on.
I don’t have a baby cow and I’ve never broken down a side of beef, but what I can do is bake a cake, one with pumpkin and candied pecans and brown butter. Some of the things I know he likes. I can grease and flour my pans, clarify my brown butter, and carefully turn my cakes out so they don’t break. I can dice candied ginger and melt brown sugar and wait patiently for the pecans to become just the right amount of crunchy. I can frost the cake and thoughtfully arrange the pecans on top. I can put it on a pretty cake plate and know I made it special for him.
And that’s what I do. That’s what I am. I cook and bake and feed the people I adore. Every egg salad sandwich, loaf of bread, and pot of lentil soup is a thoughtful expression of my love. It’s something, as my friend Fee says, “I cannot NOT do.”
There’s a start. Is there something you cannot NOT do? Please do share! Now go eat some cake…