This is a super easy recipe I worked out a few months ago for gifting purposes, and it’s been a quick-fix favorite ever since. Candied pecans + maple + more maple + a hint of spice…. is so simple, but sooooo good.
You’d normally candy nuts in a sugar mixture, but I opted to candy my pecans in a sweetener I don’t use on the blog very often — maple sugar. I’ve been sneakily experimenting for quite a while: testing recipes, making some interesting breakthroughs (which I’ll share elsewhere another time), and ultimately just basking in the maple glory like a good Canadian…. 😄
I haven’t been sharing many recipes with it though because I know maple sugar, or maple flakes aren’t necessarily easily accessible enough yet, though I keep seeing more and more stores stock up on it so it gives me hope 😊 It’s such a wonderful natural sweetener with a lot of potential. If you are able to find some, I highly recommend it. I get mine at a local shop (Superstore — in the regular baking or spice section) and it’s quite affordable (more so than online).
If you absolutely can’t find maple flakes or sugar in time, just use coconut sugar or coconut palm sugar. It’ll be darker and stronger tasting, but still delish.
The recipe itself comes together in a snap. Just warm the mixture through on the pan to allow the sugar to caramelize. Quickly spread the nuts on a sheet of parchment and cool. Snap into bits and you’re done!
I really want to pretend like I gift these all over the place, but the truth is I usually just end up eating them — the smell of a freshly made batch is just too irresistible 🙊😅 And they’re so addictive, once you have one it’s hard not to go back for several more… But they do make a lovely gift — I just recommend gearing up to make several batches so that there’s enough to go around ;)
- Oil spray for oiling the pan lightly (I used an organic coconut oil spray) or 2 tsp cooking oil of choice
- Lightly oil a medium size non-stick frying pan.
- Add all candied pecan ingredients into the pan and stir to combine.
- Bring to a light boil on medium-high heat, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon. Once the maple sugar flakes melt and the mixture begins to bubble, simmer for approx 10 minutes more, continuing to stir occasionally.
- While mixture is simmering, prepare a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Once done cooking, remove from heat and immediately scoop it out onto the lined tray. Then immediately spread the nuts out with a wooden spoon. (note: you have to do the transfer and spreading of the nuts quickly, or else they'll begin to harden in the pan and will be difficult to extract.
- Allow the nuts to rest and cool for at least 30 mins, until the candied coating sets and becomes firm to the touch. Then snap the nuts into pieces, or break into individual units and enjoy! Store in an airtight container at room temp.