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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Homemade Christmas: Nuts 3 Ways

When putting together a gift basket we girls couldn't leave out nuts. Instead of doing one nut the girls and I got a bit crazy and tried 3 different nut recipes. They were really different from each other, and yet all easy. Each basket now has 3 small bags of nuts in them.

Tips: Take your time, things get really hot when making these recipes. Also, temperature does matter, so use a thermometer where directed.

Packaging: Because the Coffee Walnuts need to stay refrigerated all the nuts were bagged in celo bags with ribbon. They can easily be pulled out and added to the basket upon gifting.


Chili-Spiced Mixed Nuts
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 pound raw, unblanched almonds
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • Cooking spray

Preparation

  • 1. Preheat oven to 300°.
  • 2. Combine 1 tablespoon water and egg white in a large bowl; stir with a whisk until foamy. Add almonds; toss well to coat. Place almonds in a colander, and drain 5 minutes.
  • 3. Combine almonds, sugar, and next 5 ingredients (through chili powder) in a large bowl; toss to coat. Spread almond mixture in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 300° for 15 minutes. Stir almond mixture; reduce oven temperature to 275°. Bake an additional 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Remove from oven; cool 5 minutes. Break apart any clusters. Cool completely.

Coffee Walnuts:
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. dairy sour cream
1 tbsp. instant coffee powder
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 c. walnut halves

In saucepan, combine sugars, sour cream and coffee powder. Cook and stir until mixture reaches soft ball stage (236 degrees). Remove from heat and add vanilla and walnuts. Gently stir until all nuts are coated. Pour mixture onto buttered shallow pan or platter. With two forks, separate nuts. Cool until set.

Sugared Almonds:

1 lb. pecans and almonds
1 egg white
1 tbsp. water
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt

Beat egg white and water slightly. Add nuts. Mix well. Mix sugar, cinnamon and salt. Mix. Add to nuts. Spread on foil covered pan. Bake at 300 degrees for 15 minutes. Stir and bake another 15 minutes. Turn oven off.


2 comments:

  1. I'm so impressed. I think I definitely will be trying the sugared almonds... it's nice, too, that Aldi carries almonds. :) May His peace and joy warm your heart and your thoughts as you prepare all these gift baskets. xoxo

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  2. These are just beautiful nuts, I would just love serving these nuts for holiday parties or giving as gifts. Hope you are having a great week end and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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