Merlot Mudpies

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Aw, Nuts! (and Honey Whole Wheat) September 4, 2009

Filed under: cooking,frugal cooking,Homemaking,recipes,snacks — Mary @ 9:50 am

Some pictures and recipes (approximate — that’s just the way i roll)

Chili, Garlic and Lime Peanuts:
Garlic, Chili, Lime Peanuts

These peanuts (3.5 C) got mixed with:

2 T melted butter
juice of 1 lime
1 tsp garlic, minced finely
zest of 1 lime
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp chili powder
garlic salt
sea salt

then they got roasted in a 300 degree oven for 20 minutes (could have gone another 10 minutes, I think). they tasted better the more they rested and dried out. i’d like to figure out how to up the lime taste as it’s not very strong. maybe some granulated citric acid? i don’t know, i’m going to have to research this.

Hot Spiced Cashews:
Hot Spiced Cashews

these cashews (3 C) got mixed with:

2 T melted butter
1 Tbsp Worcester sauce
garlic salt
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp chili powder
a couple of really good shots of Tapatio sauce

then they got roasted in a 300 degree oven for 30 minutes. any longer and they would’ve burned. we hit that perfect balance right before over-roasting where they go tender and melt in your mouth, though. sooo good!

Thanks, Mary, for the snack idea!

And now for the new bread recipe I tried, Honey Whole Wheat:
loaf

The crust is crunchy but not hard, so it’s very edible:
crust

The crumb is so, so tender and tasty. For breakfast this morning it was heaven as toast with butter and apricot preserves.
crumb

I’ll definitely be making this in double batches from now on.

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2 Responses to “Aw, Nuts! (and Honey Whole Wheat)”

  1. Denise Says:

    Great recipes, your bread looks yummy. Sounds like you’re doing great on the challenge. It’s wonderful to be able to visit other blogs and see how everyone is doing :-)

    • merlotmudpies Says:

      Thank you so much! And isn’t it fun to see what everyone else is doing? It’s a great sense of encouraging accountability to know folks are checking in and to know that you can look for ideas on the other blogs. I love it! And by the way — the bread is delicious! We’re nearly done with our second loaf and there is a third in the freezer. :)


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