Sunday, November 27, 2011

Day 3: Mixed Nuts

Another fun gift idea!

Make sure when you are buying nuts to read the label to make sure they aren't coated with anything at the factory or that they don't share a line with anything that may cause a cross contamination issue.  The easiest way to make sure you aren't going to run into hidden gluten is to get nuts still in the shell.  It adds some extra work to the project but it can be fun.  Not to mention a great way to relieve some holiday stress.


1 Large egg white
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp all spice
2 cups pecan halves or assorted nuts (unsalted, preferably raw)


1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Beat egg white until soft and foamy.  Combine all remaining ingredients except nuts, whisk into egg white.  Stir in nuts until well coated.  Spread mixture in single layer onto an ungreased baking pan.

2. Bake for 15 minutes, then remove from oven.  Using a metal spatula, toss, stir, and separate nuts.  Reduce oven temp to 250 and return nuts to bake until medium brown (about 10 minutes).  Remove from oven, toss, and stir again.  Place baking pan on wire rack to cool (they will crisp as they cool).  Break up any that stick together.

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