Nuts of any kind are one of the best sources of Vitamin E which is one of the vitamins so necessary for eye health as well as help in preventing further damage from AMD. They’re also easily available, most recipes can intermix whichever nuts are preferable or available, and most can also be stored in airtight tins. Nut recipes for candies, clusters, cookies and of course Baklava, make wonderful holiday gifts and are a great way to spend an afternoon which the children, enabling them to have a hand in the recipe making.
One of the easiest is CANDIED WALNUTS
Simply mix 1 Cup walnuts or pecans, ¼ Cup of sugar and a Tablespoon of butter in a heated skillet; continue to heat, stirring constantly for another 5 minutes until all the sugar is melted.
Pour out mixture on parchment paper and begin working at once to spread them out in a single layer before they harden. In another seven minutes or so, they’re ready to eat at once or store in airtight tins for later snacking or gift giving.
Sugar And Spice Nuts
1 egg white, beaten
½ Cup brown sugar, tightly packed
1 C salted cashews
1 Cup dry roasted peanuts
1 Cup pecans
¼ t. cinnamon
¼ t. cayenne pepper
½ Cup sugar
Mix together cinnamon, pepper, sugar, set aside
Put nuts in a bowl, fold in egg white to ensure nuts are all covered, sprinkle with sugar mixture.
Bake on greased cookie sheet at 300 degrees, about 18-20 minutes. Cool and store in airtight container.
EASY Chocolate Peanut Clusters
2 Cups chocolate chips
1 C. salted peanuts
½ t vanilla.
Melt chips , blend with nuts in bowl. Scoop out spoon sizes on parchment paper, and refrigerate until hardened.
1 egg white, beaten until frothy
4 tsp. ground coriander
1 tsp. ground cardamom
¼ t. ground cloves
½ teas. black pepper
½ t. salt (I generally omit this)
¼ t. cayenne
2 Cups whole unsalted almonds
Preheat over to 350 degrees, Combine spices in bowl. Toss almonds in the egg white, then add spice mix and stir well.
Spread mixture in single layer on baking sheet, bake about 15-30 minutes until lightly browned and toasted., stirring once halfway through. Cool on rack.
We’ll save Baklava for another day! A wonderful holiday treat, includes honey the perfect natural food.