You just heard that unexpected company is coming over and all your holiday baking is in the freezer. Fear not, oh kitchen diva, grab a bag of pecans, some honey and away you go.
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp. ground chipotle chiles
- 2 cup pecan halves
- coarse kosher salt
Bring the honey, sugar and ground chiles to a boil in a large skillet, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
Add the pecan halves and cook until the mixture thickens and darkens in colour (about 6 minutes). This will almost begin to smoke.
Turn out onto tin foil and with some salad forks, start to separate the nuts as quickly as you can. Lightly sprinkle with the salt and aniseed.
Cool completely. You will find that the coating becomes crisp and don’t start to sample. Remember, company is on their way.