I'm going to go out on a limb here and say this is The Best Snack I've Ever Eaten.
I like these nuts better than pretzel sticks, popcorn AND cereal.
And, I eat way too much cereal.
These pecans smell like spice cake in the oven and taste even better.
Crunchy, sweet, salty, warmly spiced, with a nice bit of heat from the cayenne...
It's the first David Lebovitz recipe I've tried.
I've dog-eared a few from his Ready for Dessert, but this one just sounded so simple, so yummy.
I've done more than my share of spiced nuts, but they've all been pretty darn disappointing.
When I smelled these baking away, though, I started to think that, maybe, just maybe, my bad spiced nuts streak was over.
The pecans -- they smelled wonderful.
Like Christmas in my oven, and then some.