Best snack ever!
The pecan belongs to the walnut family but tastes much milder and buttery than the common walnut. In the United States, the pecan is used way more often in cakes, ice cream etc. than the walnut, whereas in Europe you have to spend a small fortune for a tiny bag of them. The pecan tree is the state tree of Texas and there even is an annual Pecan Festival celebrated in some states..
Inspiration: Authentic Suburban Gourmet
Pecans and Cashews with Rosemary and Thyme
5 TS butter/vegetable margarine
3 TS raw cane sugar
2 1/2 TS coarse sea salt
1 ts cumin
1/2 ts cayenne pepper
Fresh thyme leaves
Fresh rosemary leaves
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Spread the pecans and cashews on parchment paper placed on a baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes on the middle rack until lightly brown and fragrant (be careful not to burn them – this happens quite easily).
2. Heat the butter/vegetable margarine in a medium-sized pot until lightly brown. Remove pot from the plate and add sugar, sea salt, cumin, cayenne pepper, thyme and rosemary. Stir until well combined.
3. Take the nuts out of the oven and add them to the mixture in the pot. Carefully stir until the nuts are completely coated.
4.Put the nuts back on the baking sheet and bake for another 10 minutes until dry (If the nuts are still very damp from the mixture after 10-15 minutes, put them in a sieve to drain for a couple of minutes). Take the nuts out of the oven and let cool.
The nuts can be stored in a lockable box for about 2 weeks.