Spiced Pecans w. Rum Glaze

17 Oct

This recipe converted me— I never used to really like nuts.  But rum, sugar & spice– a delicious combination.  Perfect for cocktail/holiday parties.  Quick & easy.

From America’s Test Kitchen
2 cups (8 ounces) raw pecan halves

Spice Mix
2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt (if using table salt, reduce amount by half)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice

Rum Glaze
1 tablespoon rum, preferably dark
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon light or dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1.  Adjust an over rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a rimmed sheet w. parchment paper and spread pecans on it in an even layer.  Toast for 4 mins, rotate pan, and continue to toast until fragrant and the color deepens slightly, about 4 mins longer.  Transfer the baking sheet with the nuts to a wire rack.
2.  For the spice mix: while the nuts are toasting, stir the sugar, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice together in a medium bowl; set aside.
3.  For the glaze: bring the rum, vanilla, brown sugar, and butter to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, whisking constantly.  Stir in the toasted pecans and cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the nuts are shiny and almost all the liquid has evaporated, about 1-1/2 minutes (mine took less than this).
4.  Transfer the glazed pecans to the bowl with the spice mix; toss well to coat.  Return the glazed and spiced pecans to the parchment-lined baking sheet to cool.

The nuts can be stored in an airtight container for up to 5 days. 

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One Response to “Spiced Pecans w. Rum Glaze”

  1. Possibly JJ October 17, 2010 at 11:34 pm #

    These were delicious. I’m just glad someone reminded Tessa to take a picture of them for the blog.

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