Friday, December 7, 2007

Another great idea for Pecans

Need a quick and easy Holiday treat? Look no further than these Cinnamon Pecan Twists, nothing is easier and with a cup of coffee, possibly perfect.
Package these twists in Christmas cello bags for a sweet little gift

Cinnamon Pecan Twists
From Food Network Kitchens

1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup pecan pieces
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 (9 1/4 by 10-inch) sheet puff pastry, thawed (about 9 ounces) 1 large egg, beaten

Combine sugar, pecans, and cinnamon in a mini-chopper and process until sandy. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Unfold pastry and brush with egg. Spread sugar mixture over pastry. Cut in half, then cut into 8 (1/2-inch-wide) strips. Twist strips. Lay on pans, pushing ends down with your thumb. Freeze 10 to 15 minutes, until firm.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Bake until golden, rotating pans halfway, 18 to 20 minutes.
Cool on a rack.

My Variation:
Playing around with this same idea I came up with Blue Cheese Pecan Twists
-substitute 1/2 C crumbled blue cheese for the brown sugar and cinnamon add a dash of cayenne to the pecan mixture. Makes a great appetizer