I regularly cook up these candied pecans for Christmas gift-giving and family munching. The citrusy-sweet flavor is different and delicious.
Total TimePrep: 15 min. + standing
- 1-1/2 cups sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 3 tablespoons orange juice concentrate
- 2 cups pecan halves
- 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
- In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, water and orange juice concentrate. Cook over medium-high heat, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 238° (soft-ball stage). Remove from the heat; stir in pecans and orange zest.
- Beat until mixture thickens and loses its gloss, about 2 minutes. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper to set. Store in an airtight container.