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sweet and salty spiced nuts

In munchie on October 29, 2009 at 1:15 pm

i looked up a whole bunchload of recipes for sweet and salty nuts before settling on this procedure, which is adapted from several. some recipes took a lot of butter, some called for light corn syrup (ick). this way minimizes the bad-for-you ingredients but maximizes the flavor.

sweet and salty spiced nuts are perfect for hostess gifts, holiday season munchies or a birthday present for a nut-loving coworker, which us what i was making them for.

nutspackaged

i started with three cups of roasted, UNSALTED nut mix from whole foods. if you have unroasted nuts, bake them in a 350-degree oven for 10-15 minutes until they are lightly browned. you can also stick to just one kind of nut or use whatever mix you prefer.

nuts

then make your spice mix. this is what i used, but you can change it up to suit your tastes.

one third of a cup sugar
two tsp cinnamon
a quarter tsp allspice or nutmeg
a quarter tsp ginger
a quarter tsp salt

nutsspices

separate an egg and beat the white gently (throw out the yolk), then pour it over the nuts and stir to coat well.

nutseggwhite

then pour the spice mix over the nuts and stir to coat VERY well. i did the spices in three sections to make sure my coating was even.

nutsmix1

i definitely recommend lining your baking sheet with aluminum foil, even if yours isn’t straight from the devil’s kitchen like mine is. i swear, it is possessed.

nutssheet

spread the coated nuts out on the sheet and sprinkle with salt. because i had it around, i used my special salt.

nutsprebaked

can you see that it says that salt is $50 a pound? yeah… but fortunately, whole foods will sell you a tiny amount.

nutssalt

bake the nuts in a 300-degree oven for 15 minutes, stir the nuts, and bake for another 15. they will get a wonderful sweet, spicy, salty hard coating on them.

nutsdone

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