Salted caramel seems to be the flavour of the moment and there’s a reason why – it tastes so astoundingly good. If you have never tried it before you simply must, although it is really addictive and you might not be able to resist once you acquire a taste for it. These salted caramel pecans take only a few minutes to make, but will win you rapturous praise, guaranteed. If you are looking for a Christmas treat for friends or family they will fit the bill admirably, chopped into chunks and presented in a glass jar. I also like to break them up into small pieces and serve over vanilla ice cream. However, the sexiest way to eat them is with a bitter, dark chocolate mousse (recipe coming soon). Salt really enhances the flavour of chocolate which is why I think the salted caramel pecans with their sweet, nutty and salty notes go so well with it.
100g pecan nuts
100g caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon sea salt (Maldon is my preferred brand)
Put the sugar in a small saucepan over a low heat and warm it gently, without stirring, until it caramelises and turns a rich golden brown. Add the sea salt and swirl in the saucepan until it is well mixed in. Quickly put in the pecan nuts and stir until coated. Immediately pour onto a tray covered with a piece of silicon paper and spread out with a flat bladed knife. Leave until cool and the caramel hardened. Break into smallish pieces to serve. Store in an air tight container if there is any left over.