Christmastime is almost here – I can’t even believe it!! This baking challenge has really made the whole month of December zip by, and I’ve honestly NEVER felt more festive than this year! My family arrived last night, so I did my Day 23 baking yesterday as I didn’t want to spoil gifts!
The past couple of years I’ve got really into creating homemade presents. This year I think I made more of my gifts than purchased. It’s really nice knowing that my gifts will be enjoyed and used instead of collecting dust, which is great for everyone! I always struggled with what to get my Dad for Christmas and usually ended up clearing the shelf of NUTS! He just can’t get enough. But nuts are crazy expensive and well a container of generic nuts is just… not that exciting! So this year I went a little… wait for it… nutty myself and tried my hand at making fancy nuts.
I found a recipe for Savory Spicy Rosemary Nuts which look delicious and appropriately festive with the rosemary. The recipe is very open to the kind of nuts used – I picked my Dad’s favourites: almonds, cashews, and pistachios. The nuts are candied in a brown sugar and maple syrup mix (which I had to also make from scratch because I ran out – easy homemade recipe here!). Then they get spiced with cumin, cayenne, and of course rosemary or thyme for a fun festive zing!
I’m surprised how spicy they turned out after roasting in the oven, and the candied coating makes them completely addictive (had to hold back or he’d be getting a TINY jar!) I think Dad will be all cracked up with this gift!