Delicious Homemade Pecan Candy

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Delicious Homemade Pecan Candy
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
60 mins
Total Time:
80mins
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Recipe by Administrator
Published on November 21, 2023

Indulge in the irresistible goodness of homemade pecan candy. This classic American treat combines crunchy pecans with a rich and buttery caramel coating. With just a few ingredients and simple steps, you can create a delectable candy that will impress your friends and family. Whether it's for a holiday gathering or a special gift, this pecan candy recipe is sure to sweeten any occasion.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pecans
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and spread the pecans evenly on a baking sheet. Toast them for about 8-10 minutes until fragrant. Set aside to cool.
  2. Line a baking dish with parchment paper. Make sure the paper extends above the edges for easy removal later.
  3. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the sugar, butter, heavy cream, and salt. Heat over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture comes to a boil.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium and continue to boil, stirring occasionally, until the mixture reaches a temperature of 235°F (113°C) on a candy thermometer. This should take about 10-12 minutes.
  5. Remove the saucepan from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Let the mixture cool for 2 minutes.
  6. Add the toasted pecans to the saucepan and stir until they are evenly coated with the caramel mixture.
  7. Pour the pecan candy mixture into the prepared baking dish, spreading it out evenly with a spatula.
  8. Allow the candy to cool at room temperature until firm, which usually takes about 2-3 hours.
  9. Once the candy is completely cooled and firm, lift it out of the baking dish using the parchment paper as handles. Place it on a cutting board and slice it into small squares or rectangles.
  10. Store the pecan candy in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks.
  11. Enjoy!

Interesting Facts

  • Pecan candy is a popular treat in the Southern United States, often associated with holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving.
  • Pecans are a good source of healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals. So, indulging in pecan candy can have some nutritional benefits as well.
  • Adding a pinch of sea salt to the caramel mixture enhances the flavors and adds a nice balance to the sweetness of the pecans.