April 11, 2012

Candied Pecans

A very dear friend of mine passed away this week, sudden and expectantly.  She was the best person I've ever known....and I really mean that - she always saw the good in everyone, was always positive, always had a kind word, always there to lend a hand, and NEVER swore (that always surprised me because I've never met anyone who really never swore).  I worked with her for five years in the kitchen at the school where I used to be a cook, and I will cherish every minute I ever had with her.  Do you ever feel like you were just meant to meet some people in your life?  That they were put in your path because there was something about them or some lesson that you needed to learn from them?  That's how I always felt about my dear friend Patti - like I was meant to know her because she had important lessons to teach me.....and that she did, both in life and in the kitchen.  I learned so much from her and she will be in my heart forever.

This recipe for candied pecans comes from another co-worker in that kitchen where I used to work, Jackie.  Every year for Christmas Jackie would give each of us a basket filled with goodies to take home and share with our families.  I LOVED the candied pecans, and I made sure to get the recipe from her before I left that kitchen!  Warning - they are addicting, once you start eating them you won't be able to stop.  Jackie and my dear friend Patti who passed away were besties, so it's only fitting that I share this recipe today.  The three of us had many laughs in that kitchen, and both of them are on my mind today......so excuse me while I go and try to console myself by stuffing my face with these pecans!  RIP Patsy ♥

Candied Pecans

3 tsp cold water
1 egg white
1 lb pecans
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt

Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray, and preheat oven at 225.  Beat water and egg whites until frothy.  Stir in pecans and mix well until pecans are all coated.  Combine sugar, cinnamon and salt.  Add to pecans and mix well.  Spread on cookie sheet and bake for 1 hour.  Stir halfway through.  Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

1 comment:

  1. I LOVE candied pecans, especially over a bowl of ice cream! These pecans look and sound wonderful. :)