Recipes Made Easy is officially two years old this week and if that is not a reason to crack open a bottle of fizz and have a drink I’m not sure what is. These delicious caramelised pecans go perfectly with a few bubbles.
My version of these nibbles are deliberately not too sweet to make them ideal with drinks, if you like, sprinkle them with a little flaked sea salt to give them a salty-sweet flavour that is right on trend at the moment. They are delicious served crumbled over ice cream or other creamy desserts, used to decorate cakes or just as a nibble. Packed in cellophane bags they make lovely little gifts too. On special occasions such as Christmas, I sometimes serve them as table gifts placing one at each place setting.
- 200 g pecans
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 75 g light muscovado sugar (soft light brown sugar)
- Preheat the oven to 180℃ (170℃ fan)/350°F/gas mark 4. Place the pecans in a bowl and sprinkle with the balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle with the sugar and toss together until the pecans are well coated in the sugar.
- Turn the pecans out onto a baking sheet lined with baking parchment and spread out into an even single layer. Bake for 15 minutes stirring the nuts every 5 minutes until golden and the sugar begins to caramelise on the nuts.
- Allow to cool before serving. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
Recipes Made Easy Two Years On
I cannot believe that another year has flown by since I wrote Recipes Made Easy one year on , where I set out a little of what I had achieved in the first year of blogging and set out some of my targets for the next year. I am a little bit disappointed that I didn’t manage all of my wish list, such as posting regularly on the same day each week, expanding Making Friends in the Kitchen to a regular feature, or writing a little ebook of recipes for my subscribers. They are still my goals, so maybe next year I will get there.
Top Three Most Popular Recipes Made Easy
Coffee Truffles remains my most popular recipe and has been pinned on Pinterest over 139,000 times.
Gin and Tonic Marshmallows is the second most popular recipe
followed by Sausage and Red Lentil Casserole.
Despite not achieving all I set out to do this year Recipes Made Easy readership has continued to grow with monthly page views being up at least 1/3 on the same month last year. This November its over 27,000 page views compared to 14,000 last year. I now rank 146 on foodies 100 (a list of about 4,000 blogs) and 14 on My Taste compared to 216 and 44 respectively this time last year. But far more important than figures is that is even though sometimes life has got in the way and there just are not enough hours in the day or days in the week, I continue to love writing Recipes Made Easy as much now as I did when I started, and it’s because of you!
Every time a reader drops me an email, leaves a nice comment on facebook or twitter or someone I know says how much they are enjoying the blog it puts a huge smile on my face. I really love getting comments on the blog too I read each and every one of them and try to answer them all too, although I can not always guarantee it will be the same day. Please keep them coming, its what keep me going!
It would appear my readers have a sweet tooth just like me.
Before I go let me say a big thank you to you all for being so supportive and here’s to another year of Recipes Made Easy. Cheers!
I am linking this post up to this weeks #CookBlog Share hosted here at Easy Peasy Foodie