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Spicy Maple Candied Pumpkin Seeds

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I wrote about candied pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds) in 8 Odd Things You Can Candy, but you can use seeds straight from the pumpkin (un-hulled) as well. Pumpkin seeds take to sweet, salty and spicy like all nuts do, and can be (and should be!) used to top all your pumpkin dishes -- soup, desserts, risotto -- you name it.

Wash the pumpkin seeds to remove all the pulp, and place in a bowl. (Use the pulp and strings to make bird food or use in stock.)

  • 1 cup washed seeds
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • Black, cayenne, or red pepper flakes to taste

Toss the seeds in syrup, salt and pepper and lay on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Roast at 250F degrees, turning occasionally, until golden and caramelized, about 40 minutes. Remove, sprinkle with brown sugar and more seasonings to taste, transfer seeds to a cooling rack and cool.

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