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Thursday, 3 November 2011


Mashuga is the Yiddish word for crazy and while I'm neither Yiddish nor crazy (don't listen to my boyfriend), I'm pretty Mashuga for these nuts.  They're sweet, salty, and a little bit spicy. They're also completely addictive.

I like to use a mixture of raw almonds, walnuts, and pecans but you can use whatever nuts you're Mashuga for.

2 cups raw mixed nuts
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon chili flakes
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 375°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment.

In a medium  saucepan, combine all the ingredients except the nuts. Heat on medium until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and add the nuts, stirring to coat.

Arrange evenly on the baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the nuts are fragrant and toasted, stirring occasionally. Be careful not to leave them too long or the nuts and sugar will burn. Let cool before serving. Seriously, let them cool, these babies will be hot.

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