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Pati Jinich Caramelized Pecans

Caramelized Pecans
Nueces Garapiñadas

Serves: makes about 2 1/2 cups

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1 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup water

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups pecans (you may use other nuts or peanuts as well)

To Prepare

In a medium saucepan, set over medium heat, add the sugar, water, vanilla and pecans. Stir with a wooden spoon or spatula, occasionally, as it heats. It will come to a simmer, continue to cook for about 6 to 8 minutes. The pecans will be entirely covered by the transparent liquid and there will be a strong simmer.

Suddenly, the mixture will appear as if completely covered in sand: grainy and you will think you have messed it up! You have not. Continue to cook, and that clumped up sugar will begin to melt and caramelize around the already hardened and covered pecans. Stir continuously and don’t let the pecans burn. Adjust the heat if need be. You should continue until you see no more white sugar, and it is all melted and caramel covered, about 10 minutes more.

Pour the mixture onto parchment paper. Separate the pecans as you do, using a wooden spoon, or help yourself with another wooden spoon, using them as extensions of your hands. The caramel dries fast, and you will want to have the individual hardened pecans, not many clumped up. Tough, nothing happens if a few clump up...

Once they have completely cooled and dried, you can store them at room temperature in a tight container.



Hola Pati! I just finished watching this episode and all the recipes look so delicious and super easy. I’m especially anxious to try the caramelized pecans. I always make spiced pecans as Christmas presents for family but this may be a new favorite! Thanks!

Thank you, Susan! Let me know what you think if you try the caramelized pecans…

My family and I enjoy your program and making your recipes. We are looking forward to obtaining your new book. thank you.

Hi Pati,
I am happy to see your show here in AZ. It is because we subscribe to another cable t. I will cook your Flourless almond cake tomorow. Your show is terrific. Your enthusiasm is super. I love your show.

Gracias, Marie!

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