Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Week Two of AHC: "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire..."

Here is week two of A Homemade Christmas put on by Emily Rose at Simply Vintage Girl.

(It's always best to begin at the beginning)

Here is a wonderful recipe for Crusted Nuts that was given to me by some dear friends.
I love this recipe because it is one of those that can be changed and
adapted, however you like it.
This is a great gift for neighbors, you could couple it with a "thank you" note,
sprinkle them on ice cream, or simply leave on the counter for whenever you feel the least bit hungry!

They may not be chestnuts roasting on an open fire, but they really taste and smell yummy, in whatever weather you may be.

You start with:

~ 2 beaten egg whites
~ 1 tbsp. water
~1 1-pound bag of your favorite nuts (I used halved pecans but it tastes good with almonds or walnuts as well)
~ 1 1/2 c. sugar
~ 1 tsp. salt
~ 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees, then for an easy clean-up, I lined my pan with some greased wax paper.

2. Beat your egg whites until they are white and foamy (think sea foam, without the salt). Coat your nuts well; this is what the sugar mixture will be sticking too, so make sure all of the nuts are well covered.

3. Mix sugar, salt, et cinnamon and coat the eggy nuts well.
4. Pour nuts onto sheet et bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.

Et bon appetit!

You could store this in a glass jar with some cute ribbon or fabric and leave on the counter for some edible decoration.

A yummy option would be to add some dashes of nutmeg or allspice to your sugar mixture.
And, to add to the ice cream idea,
you could chop your nuts before using them so they fit easier on the spoon.


Bridgett said...

Looks Good!

Anonymous said...

Bonjour Elena!
Don't know if you remember me from the Semper Reformanda Conference... friend of Cait's. Well, hope you do! It was such a delight to meet you and be inspired by the lives of yourself and the other young ladies there! My overarching thought through the conference was: "Ahhh! I'm not alone... and I'm not the only one doing this!" :)
Even if you don't remember me- Thanks for the pecan recipe! Looks yummy, can't wait to try it!

Love and Blessings,

in company with sparkles said...

Mmm! I'll have to try these =) Thanks for sharing Elena!

Linda Stubbs said...

Hello, I absolutely love the name of your blog! Very nice.

I came over from Simply Vintage Girl. I saw your recipe for the Crusted Nuts. I am always looking for different recipes for my daughters and thought this would make wonderful CHRISTmas gifts. Thank you for putting this up and it is a must!

Blessings, Linda
Prairie Flower

Elena said...

Thank you Mrs. Stubbs! I loved this recipe because it is quick and easy, very nice to whip up in a hurry.


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