November 26, 2011

Chai-Spiced Mixed Nuts

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! 

You start by simply tossing a combination of nuts with vanilla-laced egg white ... I used a mix of whole almonds, walnuts, and pecans.  Then sprinkle on a sugar-and-spice mixture, get everything good and coated, ...
Sugar-and-spice goodness

... 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.


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  1. These sound delicious and are definitely getting added to my Christmas to-make list!

  2. Amazing tea It sounds delicious !!

  3. Those look so good, I always pay a fortune for flavour nuts, should give it a try.

  4. Love chai -- and nuts! Definitely going on my giftable list!

  5. oh yum! Hi! Came over from Market Yourself Monday...This looks really yummy. Would love for you to come over and share at my Tasty Tuesday Party going on now!

  6. Ok this looks heavenly!!! Thanks for sharing so much

  7. Sweet and spicy nuts are a favorite of mine this time of year. These look great! Thanks for sharing on Crazy Sweet Tuesday. :)

  8. I love chai! gonna have to give these a try!

  9. Oh man... what a delicious recipe. I love all the ingredients... can't wait to try them.


  10. These look wonderful. I have been wanting something new to do with nuts this year. I think I have found it. Thanks for sharingl.

  11. Hi Tracey,
    Your Nuts will be great to serve at holiday parties, this is a great recipe. Hope you are having a great week end and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  12. Amazing Chai-Spiced Mixed Nuts, sounds delicious !!



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