Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Spiced Pecans...

Spiced Pecans
  • 2 cups Pecan Pieces
  • 2 tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Honey
  • 1 tablespoon Water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt Kosher SaltKosher salt is different from common table salt in that it contains no additives and has a much larger grain size. Iodine is one of the major additives contained in table salt, but absent in kosher salt. This salt derives its name from its use in the preparation of kosher meats. Kosher salt and Sea Salt are the two most commonly used alternatives to table salt. Many chefs prefer to cook with kosher salt, because it is less fine than other salts and disperses more easily.
    Kosher salt can be used in nearly all applications, but it is not generally recommended for baking with recipes that use small amounts of liquid (wet ingredients). If there is not enough liquid, the kosher salt will not dissolve sufficiently, and this can result in small bits of salt in the resulting product. In certain applications this is undesirable. In recipes where there is enough liquid to dissolve all the salt, a volume of table salt can be replaced by approximately twice as much kosher salt (by volume.)
    to season the pecans
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper to season the pecans

  1. Step 1: Preheat a conventional oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Step 2: In a medium mixing bowl, mix the pecan pieces, chili powder, brown sugar, honey, water, and season with kosher salt.
  3. Step 3: Place the pecans on a baking sheet lined with a silpatSilpatThe Silpat is a liner made of silicone and fiberglass and can be used in place of parchment paper. It comes in a variety of sizes to fit all baking pans, from as small as a toaster oven to as large as a commercial restaurant oven. The non-stick surface allows baked goods to slide off the mat after baking without the need for a spatula. The mat also serves as a non-stick surface for kneading and rolling out sticky dough. To care for your Silpat, a damp sponge easily removes any residue from the mat or it can be washed in soapy water. Do not use the Silpat as a cutting board to avoid scarring the surface. Store either flat or rolled, but do not fold. Silpats can be bought starting at about and can be used up to several thousand times. and bake in the oven for about 10 minutes until golden and bubbly.
  4. Step 4: Remove from oven and let the pecans cool and become candied and crunchy.

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