'Twas the Wednesday before Christmas,
Outside not a 'flake,
This little creature was stirring,
Because she had to bake!
So here we are days before Christmas and the second day of Hanukkah and the baking has begun!
As the dear reader knows, I always like to try new recipes and this time of year is no exception (this year was lace cookies) but an annual favourite is my Sugared Pecans. As my gift to all of you here is the recipe.
2 lbs Pecan halves
2 cups white sugar (no one said these were low cal)
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
dash of allspice (optional)
2 egg whites
2 tbs cold water
splash of pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 250*
In a bowl mix sugar, salt, nutmeg and allspice.
In a second bowl beat egg whites and water until fluffy. Add splash of vanilla and beat for a few more seconds until vanilla is mixed in.
Gently fold pecans into the egg mixture.
In 3 or 4 parts add the sugar mixture to the pecans and continue to fold until evenly coated.
Spread the pecans out onto a lightly greased baking sheet and bake on middle rack of your oven.
Bake pecans for a total of an hour stirring every 15 minutes.
Allow to cool before storing in an airtight container.
These little bites of heaven won't stick around for long! You can give them away in cute little jars or keep them for yourself to munch on (also great in a salad).