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Spiced Nuts - perfect for Christmas

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Makes 500g



2tbsp veggie oil

25g Butter

2tsp Chilli Powder

1 tsp Ground Cumin

1 tsp Salt

500g assorted unsalted nuts (almonds,hazelnuts,pecan halves,cashews,brazils are all good)


Preheat oven to 190/375/5


Heat oil & Butter in a large frying pan (ovenproof if possible)

Add spices & salt, & then the nuts...turn then over a medium heat until evenly coated.

Transfer to a roasting tin if necessary


Cook towards the top of the oven for 20 mins,until golden.

Stir well & leave to cool

When cold stir well again & pack into airtight comtainers.

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A quick update.

My MIL loves Maple brazils, but I have not been able to find any this year.

However, I have found this recipe in Delias Christmas, & as we are on a nut theme........





225g shelled Brazils

75g unsalted butter (unclarified weight) clarified

225g soft dark brown sugar

1 pair of scrubbed tweezers


Place clarified butter into a heavy based saucepan & add the sugar,& gently heat until the sugar has melted.

When it looks smooth stir gently & remove from heat (it should look like melted chocolate)


Pop the brazils,a few at a time,into the caramel & turn to coat well.Have an oiled plate ready & use the tweezers to lift each one out & onto the plate.


When the toffee has set place in little petit four case & store in an airtight tin.

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What have I done wrong? :? Honestly, with such a short list of ingredients, my "should look like melted chocolate" looks like sand and an oil puddle. Any ideas where I went wrong, for once I had everything I need, didn't substitue anyting, did everything it said. :roll: Honestly, I'm subbish - although I was called a "legen in my own kitchen" at work for the spiced nuts!


Mrs B

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