Baking - General, Recipe

Spiced Almonds

I did quite a bit of baking through the holiday season, and one of the things I made to give away this year was spiced almonds. It’s a pretty simple recipe, and coats the almonds with a touch of sweetness, followed by a bit of a kick! It’s also a great holiday snack because you don’t have to feel quite as guilty about eating nuts as you do about cookies and fudge (but I still eat them anyway!)

Roasted spiced almonds.
Roasted spiced almonds.

To make these – and I think you could probably use any kind of nut, not just almonds – blend together 2 Tbsp liquid honey, 2 Tbsp veg. oil, 2 Tbsp sugar, 1 tsp cayenne pepper or curry powder, 1 tsp paprika, and 1 tsp salt. Once blended, pour in 3 cups of whole almonds (with skin on). Stir to coat the almonds, then spread in a single layer on an oiled or parchment lined baking sheet. Roast at 350F for about 15 minutes, stirring frequently, until nuts are toasted and glazed. Cool on the pan, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, and break apart once cooled.

And voila, an easy-peasy party snack, just in time for New Year’s!

Baking - Breads, Recipe

Crispy Amazingness!

This post is especially for my mother-in-law, and of course anyone else with a love of Raincoast Crisps. We were visiting my in-laws over Easter, and my mother-in-law had a box of these crisps. They are super crunchy, full of yummy nuts, seeds and dried fruits, with a touch of sweetness making them the perfect base for enjoying cheese, hummus, and any other savoury topping. But they are really expensive. Don’t get me wrong, they are all natural and totally worth it, but for those of us who can eat a whole box in one sitting, it can be a pricey habit. I looked at the ingredients on the box, and since they are all natural I recognized, and had on hand, pretty much all the ingredients. And being a baker, I also recognized by the look and consistency of the crackers, that they must be double baked like biscotti. And being resourceful, I headed to the internet to search for a recipe. I found a recipe on a blog and set about making some of these crisps for myself. You can find the original recipe here: Dinner with Julie.

I modified the recipe a bit, and you can too, substituting or adding any combination of nuts, seeds, dried fruits or herbs. It’s a cracker lover’s dream come true! Continue reading “Crispy Amazingness!”