Candied Spiced Pecans

These spiced pecans are from China Grove, NC. A friend of our has a grove of pecans that produced a bumper crop this year. The three boys use the pecans to raise money for music instruments. So it is a great cause to support.

Pecans are common throughout Kirby

I look forward to the Helms Farm Pecans every year.

There are so many spiced and candied nut recipes out there, you can modify any one of them to fit your tastes. Personally, I love the sweet, salty, slightly hot flavor of these nuts. The warm spices enhance the amazing flavor of the roasted nut, the chili powder gives a slight amount of entertaining heat and the sugars make them indulgent.

Imagine these with fresh pears and bleu cheese! Now, that is an amazing platter to put out with pre-dinner wine and champagne.


Candied Spiced Pecans

Pre-heat the oven to 300°F.

Line a baking sheet with parchment or use a silpat.

  • 1 ounce egg white (1 white from 1 large egg)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 pound raw pecan halves

Beat the egg white to soft peaks. If it is properly beaten, there will be no liquid in the bottom of the bowl.

Tip: Wipe the bowl and beaters with vinegar to remove any possible oils that may be on the surface. This will ensure a successfully beaten egg white.

While the egg white is beating, mix the sugar and spices in a small bowl.

Beaten egg whites mixed with seasonings.

Beaten egg whites mixed with seasonings.

When the egg is properly beaten, add the seasonings.

Fold in the pecans and toss to evenly coat all of the nuts. Separate any nuts that stick together.

Spread onto a lined baking sheet and roast in the oven for 30 minutes. Stir them occasionally for even roasting.IMG_4831

Cool, separating any nuts that stick together again after roasting.

Package and present as a wonderful gift for anyone!

Please be aware that if you put these out for a party, they will disappear fast! I suggest you save them for a small group.


Making Spiced Chai at Home

Making spiced chai at home is so rewarding in many ways. I remember the first time I tasted  warm spiced chai tea at Starbucks one bone chilling cold wet and rainy day in Washington DC. It warmed me to the bone in a single sip.

However, being loaded with fat at sugar and who knows what else, I decided to brew my own at home. First I used the Spiced Chai bags from the tea store. Then, I got a recipe and decided to try it out.

I am a total sucker for anything that makes my house smell great, naturally. Once I placed this mixture in the crock pot, my house smelled like heaven for hours. Then the best part was getting to drink that amazing aroma in a nice warm cuppa tea.

Here’s what you need to make Chai at home:

  • Gather these things to make Chai. include black tea or burdock root or another herb if you prefer.

    Gather these things to make Chai. include black tea or burdock root or another herb if you prefer.

    2 tablespoons dried orange peel OR use the peel from 1 fresh orange

  • 2 tablespoons ginger root
  • 1 cinnamon stick, crushed into bits
  • 3-4 green cardamom pods, crushed
  • 3-5 whole cloves
  • 1 tablespoon peppercorns, (I use a variety of peppercorns, it doesn’t matter if you use only one kind)
  • As a base, choose 2 tablespoons black tea, green tea or burdock root.
  • Additionally you can choose to add 1/2 vanilla bean and or a teaspoon of grated nutmeg
  • 2 quarts fresh cold water

Put it all in pot, bring to a boil and then simmer for 1 hour. Strain, add honey and milk to taste if desired.

Or you can bring it to a boil, then put it into a crock pot on low and let it simmer overnight for an intoxicating aroma and delightful tea in the morning.

If you are the kind who has cold hands and feet, try this. It will warm you completely and wonderfully. It’s sure to make you smile.

If you make Chai at home, please share  in the comments how your recipe may be similar or different.

Chai is like curry, so many possibilities!

Homemade Chai Spiced Tea

Homemade Chai Spiced Tea