by Ellie Love
Fall is THE best time of the year!! Warm days, cool nights, and the changing of the leaves. And don’t forget boots and scarves. And a time when things feel a little slower, even if the reality is that they are not.
I am absolutely one of those meme’s on facebook about being a basic bitch…lol. I love the flavors and smells of fall. Yes, I love pumpkin spice, which really has nothing to do with pumpkin other than using it to spice it up. I love pumpkin as well.
There is something so warm and comforting about the aroma of pumpkin spice. A bit in some water simmering on the stove and the whole house smells of fall. And the flavor of fall that it gives is sublime.
When I was thinking about this article my first instinct was to make a pumpkin roll or a pumpkin cheesecake. But, then I thought no, that is so typical… I bounced around several ideas until I landed on my final destination.
I’ve been having a craving for nuts lately. But I’m way picky about them…I just don’t care for some of them. They tend to taste bitter to me. But I love almonds and cashews. I decided to go with almonds as their flavor lends itself well to everything else, savory or sweet.
Pumpkin Pie Spice is really just a combination of all the spices that you use in a pumpkin pie. Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice. Somewhere, someone had the brilliant idea to put them together in the appropriate ratios. And now we only need one spice jar on the shelf instead of four separate ones.
In my search for a recipe I stumbled across the one below. It had all the elements that I was looking for. It sounded yummy, did not have any crazy, hard to find ingredients and was easy to put together. And the very best part… It was super quick to make. I literally had everything done in about 20 minutes, including the dishes.
And they were a big hit with everyone! Everyone in the Love Tribe loved them. I shared some with my girls at work and they loved them. I shared them with my favorite bartender and she squealed with delight at getting some. And I also shared some with our favorite KJ, who loved them so much that she shared them with several of the karaoke singers that night, and they wanted to know who made them. Turns out that everyone loved having my nuts in their mouth that night…lol.
This will definitely be a repeat recipe in our house. They are perfect as a football snack, to have out when guests are around, and if put in a cute glass jar they would make a great gift.
Pumpkin Spice Candied Nuts
- 12 oz. raw nuts, these can be any nuts you like or a mix of them
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 4 Tbsp butter
- 2 Tbsp water
Toast nuts in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir nuts constantly, until fragrant, about 2-3 minutes.
Add brown sugar, salt, pumpkin pie spice and butter. Stir until well combined.
Add water and stir to combine. Bring to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes, stirring often.
Remove from heat and pour nuts in an even layer onto parchment paper.
Allow them to cool completely, about 10 minutes, break into pieces.
Eat them fresh or store in an airtight container for up to a week.