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Fire and Spice Nuts

Ingredients

Directions

Position 1 rack in top third and 1 rack in center of oven; preheat to 225F.
Line 2 heavy large baking sheets with parchment paper.
Stir first 7 ingredients in small bowl to blend.
Whisk egg whites in large bowl until foamy.
Whisk in spice mixture.
Add pecan halves, walnut halves and pieces, and raw cashews; toss to coat completely.
Sprinkle sugar over and toss to coat.
Divide nut mixture between prepared baking sheets; spread nut mixture in single layer.
Bake until nuts are toasted and coating is dry, stirring every 20 minutes, about 1 hour 20 minutes.
Sprinkle nuts with salt to taste, if desired.
Transfer nuts to large bowl.
Mix in crystallized ginger.
Cool completely.
(Can be made 1 week ahead.
Store airtight at room temperature.
) *A blend of ground anise, cinnamon, star anise, cloves, and ginger available in the spice section of most supermarkets.