Crunchy Spiced Nuts

These crunchy, spicy nuts will be perfect for winter treats. Great for snacking while watching games or with hot chocolate after winter activities. The deep 9-inch round silicone dish can bake many foods that were traditionally baked on a shallow baking pan. Use the low-mix setting to quickly heat the center and be sure to stir once or twice. The silicone material makes greasing unnecessary and cleanup simple. 


2 cups almonds  
1 1/2 cups pecan or walnut halves
1/2 stick butter (4 tablespoons) 
1 egg white
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cardamom
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne (red) pepper
1/2 teaspoon sea salt 

1. Combine almonds, pecans and butter in deep 9-inch round silicone baking dish.

2.  MICROWAVE (100%) 5 to 6 minutes or until butter is melted and nuts are heated, stirring once. Remove from oven. Preheat microwave-convection oven to 350 degrees.

3. Beat egg white in small dish on high speed of mixer until frothy. Beat in syrup and sugar until soft peaks form. Beat in cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and pepper. Add to warm nuts; stir to coat evenly. Sprinkle with salt.  

4. COMBO-ROAST/BAKE with 10% microwave and 350 degrees for 14 to 16 minutes or until toasted, stirring twice. Cool. Stir to break into pieces. Store in airtight container.    

About 5 Cups

TIPS  >Use un-toasted nuts since the nuts will toast along with the coating. Halves or pieces work equally well. 

>If your combination setting is only 30%, reduce time to 8 to 10 minutes and stir 4 times.  

>Regular salt can be used; sea salt is coarser so will dissolve on coating more slowly.

>Nuts make nice hostess gifts. Package in a cellophane or plastic bag with a pretty ribbon. Or package in a silicone collapsible container. 


From my Kitchen..

—I recently prepared a double recipe of the Crustless Quiche recipe in the 9inch square pan. Even with the turntable turned off, it cooked nicely on the Low-Mix combination, rotating the dish once. The Egg Bake, cut nicely with the narrow silicone spatula and removed from the dish easily with the wide spatula. A 13x9-inch pan of caramel rolls were prepared in the deep 10.5-inch silicone pan and it baked perfectly on the convection setting. Most things that cook in a 13x9-inch pan can be cooked in the deep round silicone pan and then it turns freely in the ovens with turntables.

—At a recent class, several participants were getting together one evening for dinner and they were each making something from one of the microwave-convection cook books that they had just purchased. I was not there long enough to hear about their results, but thought what a good way to learn together and share cooking experiences.Soups and casseroles are great for winter dining. Make extras and freeze in meal-sized quantities for enjoying at another meal. 


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