Did you watch the Oscars last night? I watched some of it, but as always I couldn’t make it to the end. The old lady in me was ready for bed before they announced who won best picture. That’s okay though because I did get to see some of the more entertaining things. I would have to say that Ellen Degeneres is one of the better Oscar hosts. I think she is so funny and I love her show. Ellen is one of those naturally funny people who doesn’t seem like they are trying hard to make people laugh. One of my favorite things she did last night was, take a picture with all the big wig actors and actresses right in the middle of the show. My husband and I of course had to retweet the picture, luckily we did it before Twitter shut down because of all the retweets! I also got a kick out of her ordering pizza and handing it out to everyone, and my favorite costume was when she was dressed as Glinda from the Wizard of Oz! Aside from the show itself I also enjoyed snacking on these maple bourbon roasted pecans.
Last week you might remember that I shared a recipe for baked beignets with blackberry bourbon vanilla jam. Well thanks to making those there is now a big bottle of bourbon in the pantry needing to be used.
At Christmas time I like to make brown sugar and cinnamon toasted pecans and give them out as gifts, but since I had the bourbon I thought I would change the recipe up a little.
To make the maple bourbon roasted pecans I started by whipping an egg white until it was foamy. I then added in the bourbon, maple syrup (the real stuff, not pancake syrup), brown sugar, and a little salt. I whisked it all together until it was well combined and then added in the pecans. After the pecans were coated in the delicious mixture I poured them out onto a baking sheet lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray. I roasted the pecans in the oven for about an hour, tossing them every 15 minutes.
As they roasted in the oven the house was filled with a mouth watering smell of toasting nuts, bourbon, and maple, it was amazing! After the pecans came out of the oven I could hardly wait long enough for them to cool before popping a few in my mouth. They were perfectly crunchy, just sweet enough from the maple and brown sugar, and you could taste a hint of the bourbon flavor in them as well. These maple bourbon roasted pecans made a perfect snack to munch on while watching the Oscars last night and the good news is there are still some sitting in the kitchen. So, excuse me while I go have another handful of them!