Wednesday, 24 October 2012

A Home Made Christmas

Each Wednesday from now until Christmas I will be blogging about a gift idea that can be made at home and I would love it if you would join in each week with your own contribution to "A Home Made Christmas".
I am sure that there are great projects to make, goodies to make, bake and bottle and ideas that you all have to share. I look forward to reading all about the things you make and being inspired by your ideas.

If you are worried about ruining the surprise feel free to post about something you have made in the past, something you saw or something you have received.

When planning home made gifts you need to consider a number of things:
How long the item will take to make? How far ahead do I need to plan?
How long will it keep?  What is the shelf life?
Does it need time to mature like Christmas Cakes/Puddings?
Can I make more than one at a time and give them to a number of people?

This week I want to talk about something really quick and easy to make, that can be made at the last minute and is great to team up with a selection of imported beer for the man who is hard to buy for.

Spiced Beer Nuts

These would be great teamed up with the recipe so that the recipient can make them for them selves in the future.  They only stay fresh for about 3 days so are really a last minute make.

1 kg Raw Nuts (Macadamias, Almonds, Brazil, Peanuts, Cashews, Pecans)
100gm Pumpkin Seeds
100gm Sunflower Seeds
3 Tbs Olive Oil
3 Tbs Runny Honey
3 Tsp Sea Salt Flakes
3 Tsp Cummin Seeds
2 Tsp Paprika
1 1/2 Tsp Celery Salt
1/4 Tsp Freshly Ground Black pepper

Pre heat your oven to 180 degrees and while it is heating grind you Cummin seeds to a course grind in a morter and pestle.
Line a large baking tray with baking paper and set to the side.  Put the nuts in a large bowl and drizzle with the oil and honey.  Add the spices, salt and pepper and mix to coat them evenly.  Tip the mix onto your baking tray and bake in the middle of your oven for about 10 - 15 minutes stiring every 2 mintes.  When they are golden remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before packaging.  

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