DON GENOVA – Homemade food gifts

Give something a little nutty this season

If you are thinking of some homemade gifts for friends or family this holiday season or hate going to a cocktail or dinner party with just a bottle of wine or box of chocolates, here is an easy recipe that never fails to impress at this time of year. I always make a double recipe of these nuts and give some of them away in Christmas-style mugs I find at the dollar store or thrift shops.

Spiced Nuts

(This recipe is from The New Canadian Basics Cookbook, by Carol Ferguson and Murray McMillan)

Ingredients:

1 egg white

1 tbsp. water

3 cups pecan halves, blanched almonds, peanuts or mixture

½ cup granulated sugar

2 tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. each:  ground coriander, ginger, allspice

¼ tsp. each: nutmeg, black pepper

1 tsp. salt

In a bowl, beat egg white with water until frothy.  Stir in nuts and mix well.  Pour nuts into a sieve and let drain for a few minutes.  In a plastic bag, combine sugar, spices and salt.  Add nuts and shake until well coated.  Spread nuts in a single layer on nonstick or lightly oiled baking sheets.  Bake in a 275 degree oven for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until nuts are dried and crispy.  Let cool.  Makes 3 cups.

 

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