Spiced caramelised pecans


Preparation time
less than 30 mins
Cooking time
less than 10 mins
Serves 4


Pecans have a natural maple flavour, with none of the bitterness of the obligatory Christmas walnut. Spiced caramel makes them irresistible.

By Nigel Slater
From Nigel Slater’s 12 Tastes of Christmas


  • 1 tbsp cardamom pods
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 200g/7oz pecans
  • 6 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon


  1. Break the cardamom pods open and remove the seeds.
  2. Add them to a frying pan with the pecan nuts and ground ginger, cook over a medium heat for one minute.
  3. Pour five tablespoons of the sugar over the pecans and let it melt, bubble and caramelise.
  4. Tip the caramelised nuts into a bowl and dust with cinnamon and a final sprinkle of sugar.
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