These pecans are super delicious and fabulous as a snack or cocktail nibble, on salads, or desserts ... and they make a wonderful gift too!
Even though the temps here in North Carolina have been soaring into the mid-90's, I feel like I've stepped over the edge. Into fall. How about you?
I love that nights are getting cooler, making morning walks and bike rides a delight, rather than a steamy chore. And while everything's still quite green, hints of yellow and red can be observed here and there. Each tiny splash of color reminds me there's a new season on the way.
Despite the fact that one of our local stores has had ceramic jack-o'-lanterns on display for over a month, I'm not quite ready for pumpkin. But maple and molasses sound wonderful, and are a perfect way to "step over the edge".
I think you'll love these Maple Molasses Glazed Pecans, and will find lots of ways to use them this fall. Besides being an addictively delicious snack, they're also wonderful as a cocktail nibble, in salads and add a touch of crunchy gourmet, elegance to all kinds of desserts.
How about a great dessert idea?
Want an easy dessert idea that will wow everyone? Pick up some good vanilla ice cream, then whip up a batch of Microwave Caramel Sauce (the real deal). Sprinkle your delicious sundaes with a few Maple Molasses Glazed Pecans - I promise, everyone will be in heaven!
It took a few batches to get these pecans right. I was looking for a shiny, beautiful glaze and the first couple tries just didn't make it. With a bit of testing and tweaking, I figured out a few little tricks to achieve the sheen I was looking for. I learned that the nuts need to be completely coated with the glaze before they go into the oven. Several little steps help me accomplish that. First, a short stint in the microwave (which thins out the syrup and molasses). A very thorough stir (one minute) after microwaving is also important. Lastly, having enough of the glaze makes a difference. After experimenting, I learned that ¼ cup of maple syrup is the perfect amount.
The hands-on time (less than 5 minutes) and effort is pretty minimal with these delicious pecans, but no one needs to know that. Maple, molasses and a touch of cinnamon wrap around the nuts to give a warm, wonderful flavor you can't quite put your finger on.
Need a little hostess, teacher or new-neighbor gift? Whip up a batch of these Maple Molasses Glazed Pecans, pack them up in a cellophane bag and add a pretty ribbon. They'll want to know which little gourmet market you picked them up at.
So come on, step over the edge with me. You'll be deliciously happy you did!
P.S. I love these pre-cut sheets of parchment paper. They save time, are super convenient and a package like this lasts forever (even for a crazy cook like me!).
LOTS OF PEOPLE ASK WHAT KIND OF COOKWARE, SMALL APPLIANCES, CUTLERY, ETC. I USE IN THE KITCHEN. HERE’S WHAT I USED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE.
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 cups pecans
Preheat oven to 325˚F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper (this will keep nuts from sticking to pan). Lay out a second piece of parchment paper on a work surface.
Combine all ingredients except pecans in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Stir well.
Add pecans, then place bowl in microwave and cook on high power for 1 minute. This will thin out the maple mixture to help it coat the pecans better. Stir continuously for 1 minute (no cheating, you want the syrup mixture to get in every little nook and cranny of the pecans), until pecans are thoroughly coated.
Turn pecans out onto prepared sheet pan, making sure to scrape out all of the maple syrup mixture as well. Spread out pecans to a single layer on the pan.
Place pan in oven and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and stir well to redistribute nuts then spread out again to a single layer. Bake until deep golden brown, about 8-12 minutes more. Watch them carefully towards the end as nuts can quickly burn.
Stir again after removing from oven then spread out on a fresh sheet of parchment paper.
Allow to cool completely, then transfer to an airtight container for storage.