Servings: Makes 4 cups
Ingredients 1 pound (about 4 cups) pecan halves1/4 cup light corn syrup1/4 cup pure maple syrup3 tablespoons sugar2 teaspoons ground cumin2 teaspoons sweet paprika2 teaspoons chile powder1 teaspoon salt1/8 teaspoon cayenne
Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350°F
Spread the pecans in a large roasting pan and bake until lightly toasted, about 8 minutes.
Combine the corn and maple syrups. Pour over the nuts and toss to coat well. Bake, stirring occasionally, until the nuts have absorbed most of the syrup, about 10 minutes.
Mix the sugar, cumin, paprika, chile powder, salt and cayenne. Pour the nuts into a bowl. Toss with a spoon, gradually adding the sugar mixture, until the nuts are coated with the sugar. Cool slightly and break apart any nuts that are sticking together. Pour onto a baking sheet and cool completely. (The nuts can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.)
Adapted from Art Smith's Back to the Table