Friday, November 11, 2011

Orange Maple Candied Pecans

I make  Orange Maple Candied Pecans during the Holiday Season.  They have the wonderful tastes of the holidays - orange, maple, and sweet.  Not only are they great for munching, they make  a terrific gift from your kitchen.

These nuts are easy to make.  You boil the syrup for five minutes, toss the nuts with the syrup, and bake for one hour stirring every 15 minutes.  Sprinkle with some sugar, let them cool, and you have a tasty nibble.




                                    Orange Maple Candied Pecans


Ingredients:

3 cups pecan halves
2 tablespoons butter
1 ½ tablespoons grated orange zest (zest from one medium orange)
3 tablespoons orange juice
½ cup sugar - divided
½ cup maple syrup


Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
2. Spray lightly with cooking spray a 9x13 inch-baking pan.  Place the pecans in the pan and bake in the oven for 5 minutes.  Remove from oven and set aside.
3. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Add the orange zest, orange juice ¼ cup of sugar, and maple syrup to the melted butter.  Stir until mixed.
4.Bring the syrup mixture to a boil over medium heat stirring constantly.
5. Boil mixture for 5 minutes.  Do not stir.   Gently swish the syrup half way through cooking.
6. Pour the syrup over the nuts stirring constantly to evenly coat the nuts.  Arrange the nuts in a single layer in the pan.
7. Bake for 1 hour at 250 degrees stirring every 15 minutes.
8. Lightly spray a cookie sheet.  Set aside.
9.  Remove the nuts from the oven.  Sprinkle the remaining ¼ cup of sugar over the nuts.  DO NOT STIR.
10. Transfer nuts with a large spoon to the prepared cookie sheet.  Separate into individual nuts with 2 forks.  Cool for 1 hour.
11. Store in an airtight container.



Make 3 cups



Ready for Oven - 5 minutes

Ready for Oven After Syrup Has Been Poured and Nuts Tossed

Out of Oven - Ready for Last Sugar Coating

Last Sugar Coating

On Cookie Sheet Cooling

Orange Maple Candied Pecans

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