So here's what happened. The Taste Box, which is a high-end, fine-food subscription box asked me if I could create a recipe with their most recent sweet box. Now, the lovely lady I emailed back and forth with was kind enough to call me a 'Baker' so I, feeling very proud of this title (though undeserving) of course, said yes. This kind soul likely did her research and knew full well that my baking skills were lacking, but hey, she was willing to take a chance on me so I decided I was going to tackle this with some serious research. So basically, Pinterest.
If you look at the photo you'll see I was given gorgeous bottles of maple syrup and honey and a chai spice that smells so good I considered creating a signature cocktail with it. (Stay tuned for that). When I typed these three ingredients into Pinterest I found few recipes that used them all so I knew I was going to have to be creative. As you can see below, I went for the yummy warm nuts.
If you've ever spent time in NYC you'll know that there are these magical kiosks all along the streets that sell these amazing warm nuts. (I know I could word that better but where is the fun in that). I decided I could try and recreate those delicious warm nuts (Sorry, I can't help it) with my Taste Box and here's how it all went down:
I poured the above fine maple syrup (3 Tbsp and divine honey (3 Tbsp) and brown sugar (1/3 cup) and granulated sugar (1/3 cup) and two Tbsp of water into a sauce pan on medium/low and stirred all that sugary goodness until it looked like yummy caramel. Then I added a bag of pecans and mixed until the liquid began to thicken and stick to the pecans. Easy right?
I then poured the whole mixture onto some parchment paper to harden. Now a better Baker than me might have realized that as the mixture dried to the pecans it would congeal and make a big sugary mess but I did not forsee that little mishap and spent some time freeing the 'good nuts’ from the sticky mess.
Then, get this, I took some sugar and cinnamon and mixed in some of that amazing chai spice and sprinkled it on top. I’m basically a genius.
Let me tell you this. Those nuts were good. And I don’t know if it was all the high-end ingredients or my mad skill but let’s just say, I could sell those warm nuts on any street in New York (Okay, too far).
A mom like you
Rather than lament my lack of skill, and my unfortunate desire to bake, I thought I might share my misadventures with you. Am I alone?