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Sugared Pecan Nuts and Chocolate Stars

Sugared Pecan Nuts and Chocolate Stars; perfect for Christmas gifts or as toppings on Christmas desserts
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 2 medium jars of nuts and 2-3 trays of chocolate shapes
Author Debbie

Ingredients

For the Sugared Pecan Nuts

  • 200 g pecan nuts
  • 1 medium egg white
  • 1 tbsp tap water
  • 100 g white caster sugar
  • 100 g light brown muscovado sugar
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • Pinch crushed sea salt flakes
  • Silicon or grease proof paper

For the Chocolate Stars

  • 100 g milk chocolate baking
  • 100 g white chocolate baking
  • Silicon or grease proof paper
  • Piping bags

Instructions

For the Sugared Pecan Nuts

  • Pre-heat the oven to 160 degrees C (fan) and line a baking tray with silicon or grease proof paper.
  • Start by whisking together the egg white and water until frothy (1-2 mins) and set to one side.
  • In a bowl mix together the white sugar, muscovado sugar, allspice and salt.
  • Add the frothy egg white mixture to the sugar mix and combine, then mix in the nuts ensuring they are fully coated.
  • Transfer the coated nuts to the lined baking tray and spread out evenly across the surface.
  • Place in the oven for 30 minutes. Check at 15 mins, stir / un-stick and then re-spread across the tray.
  • After 30 minutes remove from the oven and break up using a spatula before allowing to fully cool.
  • Once cool use as cake decorations or transfer to jars for storage (can be stored for up to one month).

For the chocolate stars

  • Set up a bain marie on the hob: large pan with 1 cm of water in the bottom and a glass bowl balanced on top of the pan. Heat the pan until the water is boiling.
  • Break up the milk chocolate into 1-2cm pieces and place in the glass bowl. Ensure that the bowl is not touching the water. Leave the chocolate to melt and do not stir until it is fully melted. (Alternatively chocolate can be melted in a microwave - heat in 20 second bursts and stir in between until fully melted).
  • Once melted allow to cool a little and then transfer to piping bags.
  • Repeat this process with the white chocolate.
  • As the chocolate cools it will become slightly thicker and so easier to pipe out - however, left for too long it will solidify in the piping bags. Piping bags can be left near a warm oven to keep the chocolate in its melted state.
  • Lay out some silicon or grease proof paper and snip a small amount off the end of one of the piping bags. How much you snip off will depend on how thick you want the chocolate to be. I suggest having a scrap piece of paper and practising the piping, snipping more off the end of the piping bag if required.
  • Pipe out star shapes and Christmas tree shapes (or other shapes - but try to keep it simple) and then transfer to the fridge for 1 hour in order to set. Once set carefully peel the chocolate shapes off the paper and position on your cake or dessert.
  • Tip: Try to pipe out shapes that are well connected - shapes that are empty in the middle aren't as strong and will break as you try to remove them from the paper.