swedish holiday pecans
I absolutely love the holidays - from the decorations to the time spent with family, and all of the nostalgic traditions celebrated in between. My mom is famous for her swedish holiday pecans - I mean, people request these from her by the hoards - that she's been making for almost four decades. We make these in huge batches & give to friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors..
This amazing recipe originally came from my god-mother, and my mom has kept most of it intact with just a few tweaks.
Swedish Holiday Pecans
Makes about 4 cups of sweet treats
- 1 lb of pecans (or about 4 cups)
- 1/2 cup of butter
- 2 egg whites
- 3/4 cup of sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. We cooked these using the convection oven, but if you don't have a convection oven, bake is perfectly fine. Toast the nuts in a cooking tin (or baking dish with 1 inch sides) for about 10 minutes. When toasted to a light brown color, remove from oven & dump into a mixing bowl. Add the butter to the empty tin & place back in the oven to melt.
Meanwhile, beat the egg whites (make sure the yolk is separated out & only the white are used) using a hand beater or kitchen-aid mixer, until the egg whites form peaks. We started with a lower mixing setting and worked up to the highest setting. The peaks should be able to stand on their own.
Next, slow the mixer setting and start to pour in the sugar, vanilla extract, & salt. Mix thoroughly.
Next, pour the egg white mix over top of the nuts & mix together. Once they are evenly coated, add to the baking tin. Stir in the melted butter and place in the oven. Bake for about 30 minutes in total, stirring every 10 minutes. Cook until the butter is fully baked into the nuts.
Once these have crisped up, remove from the oven and spread across parchment paper or tinfoil & allow the nuts to cool.
Okay, off to nosh on some of these nuts.. and hoping to not eat all of the neighbors gifts! What are some of your go-to holiday recipes?