{spiced} nuts

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There is something about walking into a home that smells of sugar and spice and pine.  Right now, that is what our home smells like- and I couldn’t be happier.  It is Friday and we are a mere four days away from Christmas- and there is a LOT of baking going on.  Recently I took a class taught by my sweet friend Ashley (who writes a blog that inspires me daily) and one of the things we learned was the recipe for spiced nuts.  As someone who loves to give gifts of food, these babies fit the bill perfectly.  There are a few bags going in the mail tomorrow and today the house smells of cinnamon and paprika, rosemary and thyme.

 

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Sweet and Savory Spiced Nuts

from {not without salt}

2 Tbsp unsalted butter

1/4 cup maple syrup

2 Tbsp Turbinado sugar

1 tsp finely minced fresh thyme

1 Tbsp finely minced fresh rosemary

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp coarse salt

1 egg white

1 pound raw mixed nuts

Fleur de sel or other sea salt to finish (optional)

 

Preheat oven to 350° F.  Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter with the maple syrup and Turbinado (dark brown sugar is also fine) sugar.  Once melted, remove from heat and stir in the herbs, spices and salt.  (not the finishing salt)

In a large bowl whip the egg white until frothy.  Toss in the nuts, then stir to coat.  Then at the butter and spice mixture.  Spread nuts in a single layer on the prepared pan.  Bake in the preheated oven, turning occasionally, until the nuts are glazed and shiny with a deep golden color, about 15 minutes.  Remove from the oven then sprinkle lightly with fleur de sel if using and stir again.  Cool completely then store in an airtight container.

 

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Enjoy these last few days preparing for Christmas my friends –  these are the busy days for us, soon to be followed by good food, quiet days hanging out as a family and hopefully a bit of snow!

x

 

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2 Responses to {spiced} nuts

  1. Yelle says:

    Oh yum! This looks and sounds so delicious. Maybe I’m practically drooling right now because I love nuts, and I’m currently staying with family who has a nut-allergic son so I’ve been nut free for a little! As soon as I get home though…

  2. vicki archer says:

    Delicious Kimberly… Have a wonderful Christmas… from our farm to yours… Enjoy the holidays and thank you for all your beautiful and inspiring images… Your creativity is a true tonic… Love, Vicki

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