tips & tricks: candied pecans

lately, i haven't had an awful lot of extra time. the great news is, both my yoga and food businesses are growing. the bad news is, there is only one me. and only so many hours in a day. i mean, that one bonus hour i got a couple weekends ago was pretty great, but other than that, it's been a grind. 

now, i'm not complaining. i promise there is a point. the point is, i'm swamped. catering season is here and cake orders have increased AND i had two styled shoots back to back this week. one of which involved a coffee bar. 


the whole idea was centered around making beautiful biscotti. but, i had never actually made biscotti before. so i went to one of the few references i really trust. joy the baker

i do not read many other food blogs (or blogs in general). not for lack of interest, just for lack of time. but instagram makes it easy to keep up with the happenings of close friends, family and other creatives i admire  (especially now that there are stories). and joy is my favorite to watch and i've been dying to make a recipe of hers. i had a hunch she would have some good biscotti options and no surprise, she had a few. i made her candied pecan biscotti which leads me to today's tip and trick.

much like these spiced pistachios, candied pecans are a fantastic snack on their own, but are also great in baked goods, salads, chopped up in pasta dishes or even scattered about on a beautiful holiday meat and cheese plate. they are VERY easy to make and store fabulously in an airtight container.  well, what are you waiting for? hop to it. 

candied pecans (adapted from joy the baker)
serves: 2 cups
prep time: 5 minutes
bake time: 35 minutes
total time: 40 minutes
ingredients: 2 cups raw pecan halves. 1 large egg white. .5 cup granulated sugar. 1 tsp ground cinnamon. 1 tsp ground nutmeg. 1 tsp dried sage leaves .5 tsp kosher salt. .25 tsp fresh ground pepper. baking sheet lined with parchment or disposable aluminum pan (i use these fore easy clean up when i already have a lot going on... like thanksgiving day). 


start by preheating your oven to 300 degrees f. while the oven preheats, whisk your egg white until it forms some bubbles. 

add all your dry ingredients in a bowl and add in the bubbly egg white and whisk till the mixture is completely combined. 


lay your pecans in a flat layer on your baking sheet or pan. 


drizzle the sugar mixture over the pecans and use a spoon or spatula to make sure all the nuts are coated. 


bake for 30-35 minutes until the nuts smell delicious and are golden brown. 


remove from the oven and allow them to cool to room temp. enjoy warm, or cool and store for future use. 


xo, a