Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Sweet and spicy nuts & almonds - Christmas gifts vol. 7

Just a quick list to remind you what we already have in Christmas presents section:
Spiced orange liqueur (arancello)
Rosemary & mint salt
Cranberry & orange jam with vanilla and cardamom

This is one of my favourite snacks. There are many spices combinations when it comes to nuts and almonds, however after several times I found my own and I also use it to flavour the popcorn. The secret I suppose is the salted butter. I thought this year I will place this in nice jar and give it to someone as a Christmas gift, but you can made it for yourself as a really tasty snack. 

Makes 2 jars

200g your favourite nuts or/and almonds (I used 100g of walnut halves and 100g whole almonds)
about 30g salted butter, melted
1 tbsp sunflower oil  
¼ tsp cayenne
¼ tsp ground cumin
¼ tsp smoked paprika  
½ tsp ground cinnamon
1 level tsp mixed spice  
2 tbsp runny honey
2 tsp sesame seeds   

Heat the oven to 150C and line a large baking tray with some baking paper.

In a bowl mix the butter, oil, 1 tbsp of honey and all spices and then add the nuts and almonds. Mix well so they all covered nicely with the spiced butter.  Next place them on the baking tray, evenly, making sure there are in one layer and possibly do not touch each other. 

Place into the oven and roast for about 10 minutes. Next drizzle with the remaining honey and roast for about 5 minutes, sprinkle with sesame seeds and roast for further 5 minutes. Make sure you check the nuts and almonds because the honey is likely to burn and get bitter. Therefore you have to amend the time of roasting accordingly. 

Remove from the oven and leave it to cool down completely.

Place in the clean jars and seal tightly. These should keep up to one month.


  1. Hi Karolina! Mmm. These Christmas nuts look so delicious.
    And what a great idea for gifts. Merry Christmas!

  2. Hi Mario, thanks and merry christmas to you. :)


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