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  • Serves 8
  • 20 mins cook

Cheeseboard with spiced nuts and marinated brandy fruits

Cheeseboard with spiced nuts and marinated brandy fruits

These nuts are a great stand-by when you need a little nibble with drinks for pop-in guests.

Ingredients

Cheeseboard with spiced nuts and marinated brandy fruits

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 4 cups mixed whole nuts – brazils, cashews, almonds, walnuts, etc

Marinated brandy fruits

  • 1/4 cup brandy or sherry
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2.5 star anise
  • 2.5 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 strip of orange peel
  • 1 1/2 cups dried fruits – apricots, prunes, cranberries, papaya, pears, figs, etc

Steps

Cheeseboard with spiced nuts and marinated brandy fruits

  1. Preheat the oven to 170oC. In a large bowl, whisk egg white until foamy and white, then add salt, caster sugar and spice. Whisk again until combined, then add all the nuts and toss.
  2. Spread out the nuts over two lined trays in a single layer. Bake for 10-15 minutes, tossing once or twice until toasted and caramelised. Leave to cool and harden in the trays, then store in airtight jars.
  3. In a medium saucepan, combine brandy, water, brown sugar, spices and orange peel and bring to a simmer. Add the dried fruits and simmer a further 5-10 minutes until fruits are soft. Remove from the heat and pour into a jar.
  4. Cover, chill and let marinate. You can use them straight away, or keep in the fridge for up to a month.

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