Maple Pepper Pecans

I cannot, just cannot, allow myself to have even one of these as I'm setting them out, or I know there will be none left for the party. They're best eaten still a little warm (though be careful that they're not hot or everyone will have a burnt mouth) though still very good cold and, as with the olives, make a good present, bunged into a jar and tied with a ribbon or somesuch.
  • Total: 35 min
  • Prep: 2 min
  • Inactive: 30 min
  • Cook: 3 min
  • Yield: 3 1/3 cups
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Ingredients

1/2 stick unsalted butter

1/2 cup maple syrup

1 1/2 teaspoons table salt

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

3 1/3 cups pecan halves

Directions

  1. Melt the butter with the syrup, salt and cayenne pepper in a pan over a gentle heat. Add the pecans and stir to mix, leave them on the heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Spread the pecans on a silicon pad, parchment paper, or piece of foil to cool. Arrange the sticky pecans in bowls to serve.
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