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The weather has turned and it's cold all of a sudden. Plus windy and rainy....brrrrr.
I'm not a cold loving person unlike Mr Sweet who spent a good deal of his youth in Canada. Although he does love the beach he grumbles his way through hot summer nights, more often than not turning on the air-conditioning while I huddle for warmth under the covers.
In fact the first time I was snowed on as a teenager, even though it was ever so lightly, I cried from the cold. Of course I have toughened up now and worked out that tears do not actually help warm you up. Also there is much to be said for warming up next to a fireplace and drinking hot chocolate with marshmallows. Every (snow)storm has it's silver lining.
Another benefit of cold weather is that the wonderfully frangrant smell resulting from baking anything with spices seems doubly enticing. Add some rainy weather and it might just quadruple.
Anyhoo snow is unheard of around here but it certainly has been wet and windy which made baking this late night experiment even more fun.
Mr Sweet's mother has been gifting us with an almost endless supply of dried cranberries and for some reason when I received the last batch I thought they would be a fabulous addition to sugar and spice pecan nuts.
So off to the shop I popped to buy the pecans which oh my goodness were so expensive. With 3 kids sometimes I have to be economical so I decided to replace half of my old recipe with popcorn :)
Anyhoo the finished produce was quite delicious with the lightly tart cranberries a lovely contrast to the sweet and sugary spiced nuts. (recipe below).
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Cranberry spice pecan popcorn
Makes around 3 cups. If you like you can use omit the popcorn and cranberries and just make regular sugar spiced nuts.
1 1/2 cups pecan nut halves already shelled
1 1/2 cups popcorn already popped (mine was microwaved buttered)
1/2 cup dried (sweetened) cranberries
1 egg white
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 175C (350 F). Line a tray with baking paper (parchment paper).
In a large bowl mix together the pecans, popcorn and cranberries.
In a small bowl whisk the egg white with a fork until a little frothy, add the vanilla and whisk for another 15 or so seconds until well combined and frothy.
Pour over nut mixture and mix quickly until evenly distributed, add the sugar and cinnamon and mix well.
Spoon the mixture onto the prepared baking tray and pop in oven for 22 - 28 minutes mixing with a gentle folding method every 5 or so minutes.
Allow to cool before eating (well in theory I might not always do that). Can be stored for a week in an airtight container at room temperature.
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