I seriously love sugared pecans. I would say it’s pretty high on my list of my favorite things to indulge in. For more than 10 years now, its become my tradition to make a huge batch of sugared pecans a few days before Thanksgiving and give them as gifts. I also make extra to mix in salads, top on warmed brie and keep on hand through the holidays.
What’s really amazing about this recipe is that it only calls for four ingredients and it’s made in the microwave! 4-6 minutes at that! You would never know it. When I first tasted this recipe at my neighbors home, I just knew that these pecans were slow roasted for three days and coated with some rare sugar. Nope! They are incredibly easy and by far the best sugared pecans I have ever tasted!
Let’s just jump right into the recipe!
2 Cups pecan halves
1/2 Cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 Tablespoons orange juice
1 Tablespoon butter
1) Begin by buttering a 12 x 18 inch microwave safe dish. The pecans will burn if you use a bowl and a shallow dish is critical (learned the hard way). I use a large oval dish that fits perfect in my microwave.
2) Mix brown sugar with orange juice and pecan halves.
3) Put mix in dish and mircrowave on high for 4-6minutes depending on how strong your microwave is and stir every 2 minutes! (Because my microwave is so strong, I set my microwave for 5 minutes 30 seconds and I stir every minute and half to two minutes). If you know your microwave is strong, I would stick with 5 minutes. If your unsure, still stick with 5 minutes on your first batch. The sugar needs to boil but there is a fine line between boiling and burning the pecans, which is why it’s necessary to stir and watch carefully.
4) Immediately pour pecans onto buttered tin foil and spread evenly. Pecans will slowly begin to crystallize.
5) Allow to completely cool (about 2 hours). Store in air tight bags or containers.
Sugared pecans make great gifts for Thanksgiving and Christmas for neighbors and friends because they are delicious by themselves or added to salads and warmed cheeses. I always include a copy of the recipe with the pecans as well.
Well friends, warm wishes to all of you and your families for a wonderful Thanksgiving. I will be back after the holiday with several decorating projects for us as we deck the halls!