Monday, January 17, 2011

Spiced Nuts

1 large egg white
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
½ tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp ground allspice
½ tsp ground cumin
1 3/4 tsp cayenne pepper
5 cups of mixed nuts (ie pecan halves, cashews, walnuts, almonds)

Heat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. In a very large bowl, whisk egg white until soft and foamy. Combine all other ingredients, except nuts, then whisk them into the egg white. Stir in nuts until well coated. Spread mixture in a single layer onto 2 rimmed ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 15 minutes, then remove from oven. Using a metal spatula, stir and separate nuts. Reduce oven heat to 250 degrees Fahrenheit and return nuts to bake until medium brown, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven; toss and stir again. Place baking sheet on a wire rack to cool. Nuts will crisp up as they cool. Break up any nuts that stick together. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

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