I learned how to make sugared/candied pecans when I found the "perfect salad recipe" at foodtv.ca. When guests come to visit, I always make this salad and what makes it unique and special are the candied pecans. I have tried making candy and I can tell you, most of the time it is so finicky and potentially dangerous (peanut brittle on the skin hurts!) but these are easy to make.
You take 1/4 cup of pecans and put them in a small sauce pan with 2 tbsp of sugar and 2 tbsp of water. Stir to dissolve the sugar and bring to a boil. Immediately turn down the heat to a simmer for 5-7 minutes. You want them to be golden and coated. It is very easy to forget about them and have them burn, trust me!
If the syrup is looking too runny, keep them on the stove. You want them to be coated and the syrup mostly gone. I have made these many times and taken them out too early so they are just super sticky which is still yummy but not what I am going for. Make sure to let them dry on parchment paper in a single layer. If you find these are not crunchy enough for you, you could pop them into the oven to crisp them up a little more.
These candied pecans are great not only on salads but in homemade ice cream. I wanted to make a homemade ice cream to go with the prosperity cake my sister Shannon and I made while she was visiting. We tried making this Maple Pecan Ice Cream and used the sugared pecans. Absolutely divine!
This is a simple and easy way to make candied pecans that are delicious. Again, if they are not crunchy enough for you, finish them off in the oven. I hope you give them a shot, they are truly stunning and take dishes over the edge of deliciousness.