Looking for a recipe for a sugary nut recipe
I am making edible wedding favors for my wedding and have decided to go with a sugary nut mixture - can be a combination of different types of nuts, or just one kind of nut. I already have one recipe on standyby but thought others might know of some better ones? I am looking for something sugary, or a sugary and spciy combonation. I was thinking along the lines of almonds, cashews, or walnuts, but of course could be anything. Also, thanks to everyone who responded to my wedding favor inquiry a while back!
Any feedback appreciated!
I've made these twice now since Christmas (wife loves them) and they're REALLY easy and tasty.
1 egg white
1 tblspn water
beat until stiff & dry
mix up the following in a bowl:
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
Use 3/4 a pound of pecan or walnuts (we preferred pecans, no bitterness) and put them in the bowl w/ the egg mixture. Mix to coat, stirring w/wooden spoon.
Then put the coated nuts in the bowl with the sugar mixture and mix again to coat. Spread it all out on a cookie sheet, and bake in a 250 degree oven, stirring every 15 minutes, should take about 3 fifteen minute sessions. store in tightly covered container.
Wow, you reminded me of something that my sweet little-old-lady next door neighbor made many years ago every Christmas as presents. The recipe is below, although I have to admit that the recipes offered by the other two posters sound a bit more to the modern taste. Nonetheless, I think I'll make these soon in her memory.
1 1/2 C sugar
1/2 C sherry
1/2 tsp cinnamon OR
1 tsp grated orange rind
1 tsp white corn syrup
1/4 tsp salt
2-3 cups walnut or pecan halves
Cook the sugar, sherry, corn syrup, salt, and choice of spice to soft ball stage (236-240 degrees using a candy thermometer). Remove from heat and add nuts. Stir until creamy. Turn onto foil or parchment paper and separate the nuts.
Here's a link to a lovely recipe from Bon Appetit that I've been using for a long time. Gave tins of these nuts as 2004 Christmas gifts and I'm about to make up a new batch this afternoon. It's very easy to do and you can adjust the seasoning up or down for more or less heat.
I love these spiced nuts; I think it's a great recipe. I fill little jars with them for my father's co-workers every Christmas, and everyone always raves about them. Most people don't even bring them home -- they devour them at their desks that afternoon!
Best combination is heavy on walnuts, pecans, and cashews, lightened up with almonds, and, for a treat, shelled pistachios.