Salted Nuts and an Illicit Love Affair

I feel the need to confess something I am not entirely proud of.  For the last year or so I have been carrying on a not-so-secret affair with Captain M.  Mon Capitan is the boyfriend of my dear friend, Carolyn.  Don’t get me wrong, Carolyn is fully aware of our extracurricular activities, how can she not be?  She is the one passing our messages of affection to each other, and sometimes she even participates in our activities.  What can I say?  Captain M gives me things the Marb Man never could.  Not only does he profess his love 100% more often, he also can eat and enjoy any baked good that comes out of my kitchen.

Yes, it is all cupboard love.  What kind of girl do you think I am?  Aside from being allergic to the “L” word, the Marb Man is a Type 1 diabetic.  This prevents him from enjoying all of the yummy, sinfully rich, and decadent sweets that my evil mind comes up with.  Every once in a while I have a need to hear appreciation for my baking from a loved one.  As the Marb Man cannot provide this, and my mother is obviously biased in my favor, I turn to other loved ones to indulge me.  As I adore Carolyn like a sister, and through her, Captain M…they are my stand ins for this need.

For Christmas this year I made Captain M a turtle cheesecake.  I used the Ultimate Cheesecake recipe.  I left out the lemon peel and substituted salt for the sugar in the crust.  I topped it with chocolate ganache and once the ganache set, I used a squeeze bottle of caramel to ring the chocolate.  For those of you hissing about the caramel sauce, please note I had been baking for 8 hours..I was exhausted.  I had already dirtied (and washed) every dish I owned three times.  I did take the time to salt and toast my own pecans.  There is something amazing about roasted nuts that makes them indescribably addicting.  Even without a cheesecake underneath them, they were pretty tasty.  The response from Captain M and Carolyn?  More please!  I used a small portion to top the cheesecake, but if you were making them as a snack for a football game, it easily doubles or quadruples and can be used with different types of nuts.  Enjoy.

Roasted Pecans

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 pound pecan halves
  • 1 tablespoon cold salted butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 300°
  • Spread pecans evenly over baking sheet.
  • Dot the nuts with the butter and then sprinkle evenly with salt.
  • Bake for 10 minutes then turn the nuts over.
  • Bake for another 10 minutes or until the nuts become golden and fragrant.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool.
Roasted Salted Pecans, cheesecake optional

Roasted Salted Pecans, cheesecake optional