With my high school band teacher’s birthday coming up, I thought about what I could bake or make for her present. I didn’t want to do cupcakes, so I thought about another thing I could do, and candied nuts came into my mind. I have never made candied nuts in my entire life, but I ended up finding this recipe and modified it. Oh, my goodness. These nuts are ADDICTING. And they really are easy to make! I’ve tried almonds and pecans, and pecans are definitely a better nut to candy up, but almonds are not bad either. But wow, these are just delicious. The egg whites really do make them nice and crispy! The first batch turned out really well, so I ended up making a second batch. Just, noooom!
Candied Spiced Nuts
1/3 cup dark-brown sugar
1/3 cup white granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
a dash of cayenne pepper
a dash of chipotle chile powder
a dash of ground cumin
1 egg white at room temperature
1 tablespoon water
1 pound (16 oz) nuts like walnut, pecan halves, or almonds
sea salt (optional)
1. Preheat oven at 300 F.
2. Mix the sugars and the spices together in a bowl. Make sure there are no lumps.
3. In another bowl, beat the egg and the water together until frothy (not stiff).
4. Add the nuts to the egg mixture. Coat the nuts evenly.
5. Add the sugar mixture to the nuts. Mix until the nuts are all evenly coated.
6. Spread the nuts on a baking pan with foil or parchment paper in a single layer. Sprinkle sea salt on the nuts.
7. Bake for 30 minutes. Stir them occasionally while baking.
8. When done, take them out and stir them while they cool. They will harden up.
That’s it. Store them in a cool dry place, in an airtight container. The spices I used are optional. You can eliminate the peppers and the cumin, or replace them with something similar. I chose to use chipotle chile peppers because I did not have access to hot smoked paprika, but I figured the smoky flavour of the chipotle would be a good substitute, and it did.
Anyway, these will make great gifts. I really am glad I have this to turn to in the future!