Monday, February 18, 2013

February Secret Recipe Club - Graham Cracker Candy

I am happy to say I am back! It has been a crazy 6 months. Everyone always tells you how much having a baby changes your life - but you don't really understand until you have your own. We also made a big move in December across the country.

We are now in Calgary waiting to take possession of our new house. (So sorry about the photo's I don't have my camera or my regular set up. These are camera phone pics)

And how fitting that my first post back be for the Secret Recipe Club. I got a bit worried when I saw the name of the blog I had been assigned. Steak N Potatoes Kinda Gurl. Yikes. Because I am mostly vegan and not a steak N potatoes anything. But then I checked out the fabulous Desi's blog and was relieved because she has a ton of awesome recipes. Everything from drinks, dips and appetizers to desserts and even a whole bunch of restaurant reviews. I had so much fun looking through your blog Desi - thanks! I was trying to decide between a couple of things. These drinks look delicious as does this bean dip but in the end I decided on this graham cracker candy.

My advice - Do not make this recipe. Because if you make this recipe you will have to try a slice. And then just to be sure you will have to try another slice, and another, and another and then suddenly you will realize you have eaten a whole pan of graham crackers, butter, sugar and nuts. And that you were suppose to bring a dessert to brunch and now you have nothing except an empty pan and a lot of guilt. So save yourself the trouble and don't make this recipe. If you do decide to make this and eat the whole pan please blame Desi and not me! I also think these dipped in dark chocolate with a little sea salt on top would be delicious.

Vegan Graham Cracker Candy
Via SteakNPotatoesKindaGurl

1 Cup plus 3 Tbsp Earth Balance
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Sliced Pecans
Vegan Graham Crackers

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil so that it hangs over the edges of the pan and spray with nonstick baking spray or coat with a bit of olive oil. Do not skip this step or your candy will be stuck to the pan.

Arrange graham crackers to fit the entire baking sheet.

In a large saucepan, melt the Earth Balance on medium-high heat and add the brown sugar. Stir and bring to a boil. Continue stirring until the sugar dissolves and the consistency turns into caramel. You don't need to worry about using a candy themomoter or anything as it will cook in the oven. Just be sure the sugar is dissolved and the mixture has had a chance to boil for a few minutes.

Lower the heat to medium-low, stir in sliced pecans, and cook for a minute stirring constantly. Turn off heat and evenly spread the mixture onto the graham crackers. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before breaking apart.

Store in an air tight container. (or eat directly from pan until nothing remains. Ugh.)