Nuts About Dad: A Treat For Your Favorite Guy (Recipe)
June is here, and that means Father's Day is on the horizon. The man who roughed you up when you were a baby, blowing raspberries on your belly, tossing you in the air, kissing your head quietly when you were falling asleep. Dad, who stood at the doorway when boys came to call and scared them all away, who burped obnoxiously but thanked you when you cooked dinner, who helped with math homework, who handed you off at the end of the aisle.
I am not good at Father's Day gifts. It doesn't help that we really don't celebrate holidays, but I like my dad, my husband, my father-in-law to know that we are thinking of them and appreciate them. So, the best way to do this, in my opinion, is to show us just how nuts about them we are with a few spicy nuts.
They're hard and crunchy, like Dad might be when laying down the law, and there's plenty of fire and spice, but we all know that Dad has a sweet side, too. These are reminiscent of the cinnamon roasted nuts at the fair, the ones that my dad just couldn't say no to, but with an extra special kick in the pants.
Spicy Cinnamon-Roasted Almonds
1 egg white
1 tablespoon cold water
3 cups almonds
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white or turbinado sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons melted butter
Preheat oven to 250° F. Beat the egg white and water until frothy and foamy, prior to reaching the “soft peak” stage. Add in nuts and stir to coat. In a separate bowl mix together sugars, cinnamon, cayenne, and sea salt. Stir into the egg and nut mixture until well coated.
Grease a large jelly roll pan or baking sheet with the melted butter. Spread nuts in a single layer and bake at 250° F for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven, stir to loosen from sheet.
Eat warm or allow to cool completely before packaging.