Friday, December 11, 2009

Bakepaloozah 2009 Part One: Spiced Nuts

So every year, I make a baked tin of goodies. I thought I would share with the internet what I do. Not to show off, but to show you internet that it does not take superhuman effort to make a nice baked tin of goodies. I start with a recipe that is, ironically, not a baked good. It is spiced nuts.

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These are very easy to make. As in I made four batches of this (16 cups of spiced nuts) in 45 minutes.

Spiced Nuts

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 cups unsalted mixed nuts (I use pecans, almonds and walnuts)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
6 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt

Mix spices and reserve. Heat the nuts in a dry skillet and cook, stirring frequently, until they begin to toast, about 4 minutes. Add the butter and cook, stirring, until the nuts begin to darken, about 1 minute. Add the spices, the sugar, 1 tablespoon water, and the salt and cook, stirring, until the sauce thickens and the nuts are glazed, about 5 minutes. (Your house will smell AMAZING!)

Remove the nuts from the heat and transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, separating them with a fork. Let the nuts stand until cooled and the sugar has hardened, about 10 minutes. Store in an airtight container.

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