The best spiced pecans I ever tasted were a dinner party gift from a world-famous (or at least Japan-famous) pastry chef. Each one was perfectly encrusted in sugar, and laced with a hint of cayenne.
In vain, I’ve tried to replicate that recipe. The sole reliable retail alternative I’ve found is Trader Joe’s Sweet & Spicy Pecans ($3.99). Alternatively, braver souls might experiment with the recipes below:
- Slashfood has an intriguing recipe that uses egg whites, no cayenne.
- Martha Stewart weighs in (egg whites and cayenne).
- A random newspaper recipe (egg whites, no cayenne, different proportions).
- Finally, Epicurious offers yet another recipe, this time without egg whites and with corn syrup and cayenne.