I will give the original recipe here (as it is made with pretzels as well) and then add my variations (there are, as always, a few). I made mine with nuts only and they turned out just beautifully. The slight amount of sugar is just enough to make them 'special', combined with the spices of course. I think they would make a lovely gift, wrapped up, or a nice thing to take along to a party. One thing though, my version would not be cheap to make. The recipe makes 4 cups (and I would recommend 1/4 c per serve) and the nuts cost about $9.00 all up (so each serve is approx 50c each). Okay occasionally -maybe only as a special treat however!!!
Spiced Nuts and Pretzels
1 small egg white
1 tbsp caster sugar
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp each: cayenne pepper, sweet smoked paprika
1 1/2c natural almonds
1 c natural cashew nuts
Preheat oven to 180C. Line a swiss roll tin with baking paper. In a large bowl, whisk together egg white with sugar, then add cumin, salt, cayenne pepper and paprika. Add nuts and toss to coat.
Spread nuts in a single layer in tin and bake 20-25 mins, lifting and turning every 5 mins, until crisp and golden. Lift baking paper and nuts from tin and lay on a wire rack to allow nuts to coll completely before combining with the pretzels.Changes:
- I ommited the pretzels and used:
- 150 g sunflower seeds
- 150g raw blanched almonds
- 75g pecans
- 75g hazelnuts
- I used a teaspoon of soy instead of the salt
- I used 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp paprika, and 1/2 tsp cinnamon.