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Orange-Spiced Nuts

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Note: just make sure to have 5 cups of nuts, it doesn't really matter if you have the ones specified in the recipe. You could even do all one kind of nut. The mix I buy has Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, cashews (really good), almonds, and pecans.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole blanched almonds
  • 1 1/2 cups pecan halves
  • 1 1/2 cups filberts (hazelnuts)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 Tbsp. grated orange peel
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine

Details

Adapted from cafejohnsonia.com

Preparation

Step 1

Heat oven to 325 degrees. Spread nuts in jelly roll pan. Bake, stirring occasionally, for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly toasted.

In small bowl stir together sugar and spices.

Using a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat egg whites at high speed, scraping bowl often, until soft peaks form, about 1 to 2 minutes. Continue beating, gradually adding sugar mixture, until stiff peaks form, another 1 to 2 minutes. By hand, fold in orange zest and nuts. In same jelly roll pan, melt butter in oven—about 4 to 6 minutes. Spread nut mixture over butter. Bake, stirring every 5-10 minutes for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until nuts are brown and no butter remains. Cool completely and transfer to an airtight container.

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