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Hi I’m Betty. Welcome to Betty’s Kitchen. We’re going to be making Betty’s Sugary Nut Blend and to do that we’re going to use 3 kinds of nuts. We have roasted almonds and whole almonds. We have English walnut halves I guess and then we have pecan halves and I have 1 cup of each so I’ll be using those in a few minutes so I need to make my preparations.
First of all I will say that I have the oven preheated to 325 degrees and I have my 13x9x2 inch baking dish prepared with one stick of butter melted in the bottom. I just used a small bowl place 1 stick of butter in it. Put it in the microwave and get it melted and then pour it in here so that’s not hard to do.
Now to put these together, what I need is to use a mixer and beat 2 egg whites so this is going to take a minute and it’s going to be noisy so I’ll be beating on these until they are somewhat stiff and then I’ll come back for a second and then continue with my procedure so I’ll see you in a minute.
I have beaten the 2 egg whites until they are stiff. That means they will hold their shape. They’re still foamy so I’m not done beating them but I want to add a dash of salt. You don’t have to measure this just make sure you get a sprinkle in the sauce in there and the 1 cup of sugar. This is white granulated sugar and that in an then we beat again. So I’m going to be beating on this and I’ll come back and tell you what it looks like when this is beaten.
Now my egg white sugar mixture is beaten until it’s very stiff and you notice that it’s glossy now. That’s what the sugar does to it. At this point I’m ready to add the nuts that I mentioned earlier. We have the 1 cup of roasted almonds and we have a 1 cup of English Walnuts. We have the 1 cup of pecan halves so all those go in and we just blend them together and I would do that fairly gently because you have beaten a lot of air into these egg whites and you don’t want to mash it out so you want to maintain the integrity of the beaten egg whites if you can but again you do want to get all of this mixed together thoroughly.
Now when its mixed together my purpose will be to place it in the baking dish and I think instead of pouring it the easiest thing to do is to take maybe a large spoon such as this one and just cook portions here and there until it basically covers the bottom. So this might take a minute or so but our goal is to just get that covered.
It has not been difficult to spread this out. You can just take your 2 spoons and sort of squeeze together. You see how the part of it here that is not covered. I’m just trying to make sure that you push it to the place you want and try to keep it even. You want one layer that is about the same depth all the way around and that better will hook out on the top a little bit that’s fine but it looks pretty good so I think we will go to the oven with it and I do have a preheated oven to 325 degrees and this will bake for 30 minutes. I will come and stir it every 10 minutes or so. That doesn’t have to be perfect but I’m placing it toward the center of the oven. The center of the shelf there and I will just put my timer on and every 10 minutes I’ll come and stir it and then when it’s finished I will show you what it looks like.
My sugary nut blend is done and you could see it’s all nice and crispy and I’m going to take it out of the oven and put it on a protective Matt here and you can see the texture. It’s very different from what we have and what we put in there. This is going to be crispy and chewy and all of that butter that was on the bottom has been absorbed into the nuts as well as the sugar mixture so this is going to be a really sweet treat and what I suggest that you do is let it go ahead and cool down to room temperature and then if you’re going to use for maybe a dinner party or something then use a nice dish like this and you can just put it in like it’s candy just a candy dish of some sort.
If you’ve made it to much on occasion while your watching TV. Then maybe after school put it in some kind of a protected container like this so I think has a lid that will seal and keep it fresh and this will keep it in days.
I would like you to see what my sugary nut blend and you see it’s really crispy and has a totally different texture from what I put in the oven but now it’s cool to room temperature so I just chosen to put it in a container that will have a tight fitting lid and you just scrape these up and you’re in a hurry you could pour them in there. There’s a lot of goodness in here I think you are will enjoy this. I would like to say this is not diet food and I’m always low fat. Let’s use less sugar.
Well this is for those times when you kind of want something sweet, something salty something buttery. You could just get a few of these and maybe satisfy that urge to have something. It’s probably better than going to a candy bar because basically it’s nuts. It just does have a sugary buttery coating but it’s delicious. I think I’ll enjoy it.