I'm back from a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with my family! I ate way too much food, relaxed watching movies with my Dad, shopped and shared wine with my Mom, watched a "Chopped" marathon on the Food Network (I love that show!), and just generally had a low-key and relaxing weekend. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, too!
And now it's time to turn an eye toward Christmas.
About two weeks ago I started planning out Christmastime lessons for my classroom. I can't believe Christmas is almost here already. And I absolutely could not believe I had my 'December' folder out at school. Truly, where is time going? (As my hubby likes to say, "Life is like a roll of toilet paper ... the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes." Nice, huh?) Well, Christmas is almost here. I've got my tree up ... it's not decorated yet, but the tree itself is up. That's a start. Hopefully, hubby will help me get the lights on it tomorrow. And I've started my holiday baking ... yay! That's one of my favorite parts of the Christmas season.
So, in honor of the start of the Christmas season, I decided to share this recipe for Chai-Spiced Mixed Nuts. These are delicious. And would be perfect as little gifts or as nibbles at a holiday party. And you know what else? They're easy!! Oh, how I love a recipe that's both delicious and easy!
... and spread the nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet.
|"Is it time for the sauna??"|
Bake 'em up, and they'll develop a fabulously tasty sugar-and-spice flaky coating. Soooooo good.
|See the flaky sugar-and-spice coating?|
Serve up a bowl and enjoy! I've made two batches already, and shared with friends. I am a huge chai fan ... so I think I see a few more batches in my near future. Yum!
|A bowl of yummy nibbles|
Chai-Spiced Mixed Nuts
Source: Adapted from Cooking Light magazine
1 T. vanilla extract
1 egg white
3 c. nuts (I used 1 c. each whole almonds, pecan halves, & walnut halves)
1/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. kosher salt
3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp. ground allspice
1/4 tsp. ground cardamom
1. Combine vanilla extract and egg white in a large bowl; stir with a whisk until foamy. Stir in nuts.
2. Combine sugar, salt, cinnamon, allspice, and cardamom in a small bowl. Sprinkle over nuts, tossing to coat.
3. Place nut mixture on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil. Bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove pan from oven. Turn off oven.
4. Toss nuts, breaking pieces apart. Return pan to oven, and leave pan in oven for an additional 10 minutes (with the oven still turned off).
5. Cool to room temperature. Store nuts in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.