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Lanie’s Spiced Pecans

spiced pecans At the start of college football season I was inspired to make spiced nuts to serve at parties and to package for Christmas gifts. It became an every-game-day endeavor to perfect this party snack, and then on Mondays I enlisted my friends at Martha Turner Properties and Relax Station to taste test my weekend experiments. I consulted Cook’s Illustrated and Barefoot Contessa cookbooks for the best methods and created my own signature spice mix. This is my recipe: Preheat oven to 350* and brush cookie sheet lightly with canola oil. Spread 2 cups pecan halves on cookie sheet; bake for 4 minutes; rotate cookie sheet on oven rack; bake for another 4 minutes. While pecans are toasting, prepare sugar glaze and spice mix. For sugar glaze, melt and whisk together: 2 Tbs water; 1 Tbs butter; 1 tsp brown sugar. For spice mix, grind together with mortar & pestle or spice grinder: 1 Tbs sugar; 1 1/2 tsp smoked sea salt; 1/4 tsp Alspaugh’s Secret Seasonings*; 1/4 tsp cinnamon; 1/4 tsp rosemary; 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper; 1/8 tsp cumin; 1/8 tsp garlic powder. Transfer toasted pecans to mixing bowl; pour sugar glaze over pecans and toss to coat evenly; sprinkle spice mix over glazed pecans and toss to coat evenly; spread pecans back on cookie sheet to cool completely. When pecans are completely cooled, package in cellophane bags and tie with big ribbons in your favorite team’s or Christmas colors. *Alspaugh’s Secret Seasonings is sold at the local Alspaugh’s ACE Hardware. This is the best hardware store ever because they have an old-fashioned popcorn maker and a “lady’s section” with everything from Vera Bradley baby to traditional bridal registry. I thought to try their house seasoning on my spiced pecans because they set out a shaker to salt your free bag of popcorn. If you don’t have access to this Kingwood regional blend, substitute your favorite BBQ rub.


About Lanie Brown, Texas real estate broker

Hi, my name is Lanie Brown. Broker/Owner Sage Lane Realty. Like to write, cook, bake, decorate and redecorate, celebrate, work real estate. Strive to be a Godly wife, good neighbor, giving friend. Texas Hill Country is my promised land! #sagelanereal

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