Wednesday, 21 April 2010

At Home: Candied nuts

Another simple party pleaser, adapted from an out-of-print 1970's American 'sweet gifts' book, "Gifts from the Kitchen" (Norma Myers & Joan Scobey), which sits well-thumbed on mom's cookbook shelf. She makes batch after batch every Christmas, giving them away in kilner jars as gifts.

1 1/2 cups pecan nuts (or walnuts, if preferred)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
1-2 tsp grated orange rind
  • Put all the ingredients in a large heavy skillet, and cook over a medium heat until the water evaporates and the nuts have a sugary look.
  • Pour the nuts onto a greased baking sheet, separating them quickly with a fork. Cool, and store in a sealed container.


  1. These look really wonderful, Laura. This is my first visit to your blog. I had intended only to say hello but was lured by your prior posts and stayed much longer than I planned. I really like what you are doing here and I'll be back often. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  2. Welcome, Mary. Delighted you've been lured in. Do keep popping by: I hope to try out many more recipes from my American mother/grandmother's archives over the coming months. Just need to get to grip with converting US to UK measures and ingredients! I love your recipe for applesauce cake, and will try it out soon. Reminds me of classic carrot cake recipes.

  3. I've just landed on your sight and my husband caught a picture of these moreish looking pecans. What more can I say - NICE!

  4. These nuts sound really good, the added orange is particularly unusual. Now beginning to feel peckish!