Thursday, November 18, 2010

Oven Roasted Pecans

You can't beat the warm buttery flavour, delicate crispy texture and fragrant aroma of home roasted pecans fresh from the oven. Oven roasting nuts intensifies the flavour, bringing out the natural oils and transforms them from merely ho-hum to mouth-wateringly memorable. It's a little thing, but it makes all the difference. And it's so easy. Simply bake the nuts 5-10 minutes, toss them with a knob of butter, a dash of Tamari soy sauce and Bob's your Uncle. Actually he is, but that's another story.

Oven Roasted Pecans with Tamari

4 cups pecans 
1/2 tsp butter
pinch of Maldon salt
2 tsp Tamari soy sauce (I use Kikkoman)

Pre-heat oven to 350°. Place nuts evenly on a baking sheet. Bake 5-10 minutes, shaking occasionally and watching carefully to make sure they don't burn. Taste them a few times during the cooking process, but when they are uniformly golden brown and fragrant, they are done. Pour them into a large bowl with 1/2 tsp butter and toss to coat. Return them to the oven for another 1-2 minutes, then pour back into the bowl. Sprinkle with 1-2 tsp of Tamari soy sauce and a pinch of maldon salt, toss to combine. This will also cool them off slightly to stop the cooking process. Season to taste, adding some sea salt or more Tamari if you like. The pecans can be stored in an airtight container 2-3 weeks, if they last that long! Enjoy.