Spicy Honey and Cayenne Cashews

Here’s something tasty to make. These honey and cayenne cashew nuts make tasty nibbles for a social gathering, or just for a solo evening in front of the TV (although you might want to reduce the quantities if you’re the only one eating them – they’re so moreish!).

spicy cayenne nuts

It’s actually adapted from a Joy the Baker recipe (thanks to Naomi who sent me the recipe book for #SecretSanta13), which I’d intended to follow literally until I couldn’t get hold of the flavours I needed. As Joy is American everything is measured in cups, and I figured if I wanted to bake her recipes it would be easier to buy some cups than to try converting everything!

Anyway, here’s what I used:

  • 4 cups salted cashew nuts
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • A few pinches of ground cayenne pepper (depending on how spicy you like it)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
making spicy nuts

The method:

  • Stir the oil, honey and cayenne together with the cashews until they are coated evenly in the mixture.
  • Spread them out onto a baking tray, generously grind over some black pepper, and bake on 200°C for 15-17 minutes, tossing/turning them once during this time.
  • Remove from the oven and let them cool – beware that once the sticky honey mixture dries it solidifies and glues the nuts to the baking tray. I turned them onto a plate to cool to avoid this.
Spicy honey roasted cashews
Spicy honey cayenne cashew recipe
Homemade honey roast cashew nuts

They are slightly sticky, very tasty, good to look at and a real crowd pleaser. And so very easy to make!

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