Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Sugared and Spiced Nuts


I must confess that I have a weakness for tastebud-tingling flavours. Sweet and sour, sweet and salty, sweet and spicy...you get the picture.

If you're looking for a snack to serve at parties, give away as a hostess gift, or just to reach for while you watch a film, these nuts fit the bill perfectly.

They are sublimely easy to make, but are really worth the little effort it takes. What's more, you probably have all of the ingredients in your kitchen or pantry right now.

Go on, make some.

In fact, make a double batch!*




Sugared and Spiced Nuts

Recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen
 
70 g / 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
140 g / 2/3 cup white sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp of hot smoked paprika
1 tsp ground cinnamon
500 g / 1 pound mixed nuts - I used a mixture of pecan halves and almonds
1 egg white
1 tbsp water

Set the oven at 150°C / 300F.

Mix the two types of sugar, salt, paprika and cinnamon together in a bowl. Rub any lumps of sugar or spices between your fingers to break them up.

Mix the egg white with the water and beat lightly.

Stir the nuts into the egg mixture to coat them. Sprinkle the sugar mixture onto the nuts and stir again until evenly coated.

Spread the coated nuts on a baking tray lined with baking parchment. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring after about 15 minutes.

You can separate any clumps of nuts as they cool down.


*I just did!

26 comments:

  1. These sound amazing and just perfect for a New Years party! Great recipe :)

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  2. What a lovely way of serving your nuts. Great gift ,too.

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  3. These sugar and spice nuts look delicious, perfect for a long dvd weekend! Merry Christmas!

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  4. They look so yummy!
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  5. What an interesting combination of flavours! I love smoked paprika, so can't wait to try these!

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  6. One of my most favorite snacks, but your addition of smoked paprika could definitely take them over the top! OMG! Sounds fabulous!

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  7. I have to agree with you that these nuts are perfect for parties and to be nibbled onto during cocktails too. Like you, I have am also into the combo of flavors of sweet, sour, salty and spicy together.

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  8. These look really sugary which makes me want to use this recipe! Great job

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  9. We call these "burnt" nuts in German and they are a staple at Christmas markets. Looks like a wonderful version!

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  10. Agreed - these are pretty amazing!

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  11. These look amazing! Like you - I like the salty/sweet sort of flavors...but I also like CRUNCH! These are perfect!

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  12. I am so making these!!! Thank you so very much for sharing.

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  13. You're right, this is the perfect hostess gift (or just something to keep for myself!) Such a great thing to make, can't wait to give them a try! Congrats on Top 9!

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  14. Salty and sweet are an irresistible combination on nuts! What a yummy party snack.

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  15. what a great flavour combo! I would definitely have to make two batches when I make these!

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  16. Happy New Year!!!
    Fantastic, love to eat them all year round.
    all the best, xo

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  17. Yum! Love the combination of flavours in these nuts - sweet, salty and a touch of spice. A great idea for gifts too - thanks for sharing!

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  18. I was always interested in many things about the food .. I also wrote a blog about Healthy Food List and Benefits... I really liked your blog and it seems I found the inspiration to write on my blog....

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  19. I love nuts. Especially they are mixed with honey. I saw this while I was working in the office. And now I can’t control feelings hungry. And I wish you a happy New Year. Sapphire Rings .

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  20. Happy New Year! This recipe looks absolutely delish ... :0)

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  21. These look so delish. I would have loved to get this as a gift. I am always giving home made gifts but never receiving them. thanks for sharing.

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  22. I just came by to see what you were up to and saw this post. I just posted a similar recipe with some different spices, but I would like to try the smoked paprika, sounds good.I usually make something like this at christmas but thought I would make it for a tapas party and it was such a hit.It is a great snack anytime.

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  23. When I find this kind of recipe, I always add them to my binder. This looks mouthwatering, I have all the ingredients in my kitchen. I can't wait to taste this yummy recipe. Thanks a lot.

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