These nuts are another Christmas recipe that I made for friends and family this year...very easy and great to whip up a few weeks before Christmas (as these store quite well,) or as a last minute present or snack for unexpected guests. I adore cinnamon and macadamias, and they are not too sickly sweet so a very nice festive treat. You could use any combination of nuts and spices too...something I plan on experimenting with in the future.
These sweet treat nuts have that moreish deliciousness that all nuts do...but multiplied by ten. I blame the cinnamon sugar crust for this. The roasted nut and cinnamon flavour is a perfect combination and a few of these with a cup of hot coffee, tea or hot chocolate is very satisfying. The only problem is trying to not eat all of them before you can wrap them up and give them away!
Preheat oven to 160°C. Line a large roasting pan with baking paper.
Using an electric mixer, beat eggwhites and salt in a bowl until mixture is frothy with large air bubbles. Add caster sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating constantly until well combined. Stir panela sugar and cinnamon into eggwhites. Add macadamia nuts and mix well to coat. Spread mixture over base of prepared pan. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring with a metal spoon to break up mixture every 10 minutes, or until cinnamon sugar crust feels dry. (Mine took about 45 minutes to really dry out.)
Cool completely in pan. Break up and place in an airtight container. Will keep for 3 weeks in an airtight container...but I after tasting one of these, I think they will be eaten a lot quicker!
Here are some more nutty recipes that would be great as gifts...or for squirrel like hoarding.