I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. That is definitely to case in our household. Everyone around here has a sweet tooth. There is nothing better in these hot months that a huge ice cream sundae loaded with every topping you can think of. Yes, my crew wants it all: chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, strawberry sauce, hot fudge, pineapple sauce, whipped cream, cherries, and nuts. Hold it right there. No, it cannot be just any nuts.
This bunch insists on my homemade candied pecans. After all, we do live in GA. The candied pecans I make have a salty, spicy sweetness that is perfect on top of a sugary dessert like our “Everything But The Kitchen Sink” Sundaes.
Now there is no set recipe for these sundaes. My kids might request a certain item while I am at the grocery store, but for the most part it is just anything you find the in the pantry. And believe me at times my kids have gotten creative. However, the one constant about these sundaes is the candied nuts. My family insists there are always pecans and the other ingredients in the house at all times.
The candied nuts are great on a sundae, but we always have to stop our dad from snacking on them before it is time to build his ice cream sundae. They are addicting.
SALTY SWEET CANDIED PECANS
8 OZ Pecans
1 Cup Brown Sugar
2 TB Honey
1/2 TB Cinnamon
1/4 TB Nutmeg
1/4 TB Cayenne Pepper
1/4 TB Salt
Salt to Sprinkle Over Nuts
Combine brown sugar and honey in pan. Place pan over medium heat. Allow honey and sugar combination to melt into a thick sauce consistency. Mix in cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, and salt. All pecans to mixture and stir until pecan are coated, continuing stirring for about 4-5 more minutes. Remove from heat. Coat a piece of aluminum foil with non-stick spray. Pour out pecan mixture onto foil making sure the pecans are on a single layer. Sprinkle pecans with salt to taste. Let pecans dry, candy shell will harden, for about one hour. Serve as a snack or a topping for an ice cream sundae.