Sunday, April 4, 2010

Spicy, Honey-Roasted Nuts

Addictive.  As proof, I gave Chris the entire batch on Thursday, and when I came back to Atlanta today (Sunday), the bag was pretty much gone.  Use whatever nuts, seeds, or dried fruits you like best.  Put these in a pretty jar for a great gift.

1/4 c honey
1 tsp ground cayenne pepper
4 c raw nuts and/or seeds
1/4 c turbinado sugar
1-2 tsp sea salt
dried fruit or candy

1. Preheat the over to 325 F. Line a large shallow pan with lightly oiled wax paper.
2. Melt the honey and cayenne pepper in a pan on the stove.  Add the nuts/seeds and toss until coated.
3. Spread the nuts on the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
4. Cool the nuts for about a minute. Then toss them in a bowl with the sugar and salt, and add the dried fruit.  Spread it all out on the baking sheet again to cool completely.
I used about 2 cups of peanuts and two cups of mixed nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, and brazil nuts), dark chocolate-covered raisins, dried cranberries, and dried apricots.  Next time, I'll do the exact same thing except I'll omit the cranberries and use dried cherries instead.

The turbinado sugar is important. It adds crunch and looks pretty.

I bagged these and put them in this pitcher, but I think they'd be pretty in a clear jar.

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