Monday, November 20

Spiced Nuts

These spiced nuts were a standard around our family gatherings as a child. The past few years I have started making them to package up in pretty jars and give to friends at the holidays. They are always a huge hit and a few people can be counted upon to make nonchalant inquiries in early December each year about when they will appear.

This batch I made from Trader Joe's brand unsalted, mixed nuts. The blend is a bit too heavy on cashews for my taste, but thankfully has plenty of brazil nuts, which almost compensates. You can use any assortment of nuts to suit your liking for this recipe. In a pinch I have also made them with salted nuts, which is really nice if you like that whole salty-sweet thing.

4 pounds mixed, unsalted nuts
2 egg whites
1/2 cup orange juice concentrate
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice

Whip together the egg white and orange juice concentrate. Pour over the nuts and stir to cover evenly. Mix together the sugar and spices. Pour the spice mixture over the nuts and stir to distribute evenly. Spread the nuts out on two baking trays. Bake at 225F for 1 hour, stirring ever 15 minutes. Then try not to eat them all before your guests arrive.

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