Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Holiday Bake Off- Part Four

The final installment... how dramatic of me.

The stress and chaos of the holidays can make you go nuts. So what better to do than make spiced nuts!

My mom makes these spiced walnuts every year. As a little girl I use to give bags of these to my teachers and bus drivers and now we make them for my mom and dads bosses and co-workers.

They are elegant, simple and tasty. They actually have a very complex flavor. They are spicy, salty, sweet and nutty. They would be great to put out at a cocktail party, in a salad, and or with dessert. These are some versatile nuts.

I don't love walnuts but I do like these and hopefully you will too.

The spices

soaked in oil and sugar


all bagged up

Spiced Walnuts:

1lb Walnuts

1/2-3/4 cup sugar

4-5 Tablespoon corn oil

2 teaspoons vanilla

1/2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoons ground coriander

1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoons allspice

1/2 teaspoons cloves

1/8 teaspoon ground pepper

Blanch the walnuts in boiling water

Ina bowl add vanilla, and all spices and set aside

Place nuts in bowl with sugar and oil and let sit for 5 minutes

Place on a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes

Add more sugar and salt to the top and toss. Then put in the nuts in the spice bowl and toss. Let cool on a brown paper bag and then package up to give away

or for yourself!

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