Friday, November 29, 2013

Mirin & Maple Roasted Almonds

Mirin & Maple Roasted Almonds

Sweet but not too sweet, these mirin & maple roasted almonds are a welcome addition to the recipe collection. This is my first recipe for roasted nuts and it's about time they appear here. The idea for the mirin & maple glaze came about from my Mirin & Maple Tempeh Stir Fry. I wasn't sure how this was going to turn out as this was something unusual for me but they came out great! It's simple flavors with sweetness from the mirin and maple, warmth from the cinnamon and chipotle, and a tad bit salty. And did you know, almonds are the most alkalizing nut. They're balancing, nourishing and contain high levels of potassium and vitamin E. In fact, nine almonds contain all the vitamin E you need for one day. They make for a great snack anytime of day. They're easy to stash and take along with you when you need a little something to get you through. These roasted almonds are really easy to put together and once ready will be done in 30 minutes. No reason to not have a batch of roasted almonds on hand when they're so easy to make!

Mirin & Maple Roasted Almonds

Start with fresh raw almonds. Mix your mirin, maple and spices.

Mirin & Maple Roasted Almonds

Add in your ingredients and toss to coat. Layer on baking sheet and roast.

Mirin & Maple Roasted Almonds

Remove from the oven, let cool and harden. And then you have beautifully glazed almonds that taste wonderful, will please your senses and satisfy your hunger. Be ready, these will be slightly addicting!

These roasted almonds are good things in little packages and make for great gift ideas too! 

Mirin & Maple Roasted Almonds

Mirin & Maple Roasted Almonds

Ingredients
  • 3 cups raw almonds (about 1 lb.)
  • 3 tablespoons mirin
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • generous pinch or two minereal salt
  • 1 tablespoon white and/or black sesame seeds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a small bowl, combine the mirin, maple syrup, cinnamon, chipotle powder and salt, mix well.

Put almonds in a large bowl, add the glaze and toss to coat. Add in sesame seeds and combine.

On a large baking sheet (a rimmed one would be ideal), spread mixture in an even layer...it's ok if some clump up. You may even like to sprinkle a little salt on top of the almonds for a little extra saltiness! Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, stirring once.

Remove from oven, let cool and harden.

Notes:

I recommend sourcing the best mirin you can get. Read the ingredient label and choose ones that are brewed traditionally and do not contain additives like corn syrup or use artificially produced koji enzymes. A good mirin will run you around $10 dollars and is worth the little extra compared to cheaper brands that use additives. You can also use it in the other recipes that call for mirin as mentioned in the first paragraph. It's great to use in marinades and stir fry's. You can use it to glaze your pie crusts and pastries too, giving them a beautiful shiny finish. It may also be used in making desserts such as poached fruit and puddings. 

I went a little easy on the spices so adjust to your preference. If you like a little more heat add a tad bit more chipotle powder. I find these to be great without any spice as well, simply having the mirin, maple and salt as flavoring.

You may want to line your baking sheet with parchement paper for ease of clean up. I didn't personally use any and once cooled from the oven they did tend to stick to the bottom. I had to do a little scraping which didn't hurt my almonds one bit and just made for a little extra effort when cleaning the baking sheet. It's your call!

Enjoy!

10 comments :

  1. How lovely! I have some mirin that I rarely use - why, I can't tell you, because I actually like it very much. I think you're right, this would be a great gift at Christmas.

    P.S.: I made your mashed chickpea salad sandwich for lunch today. I can't wait to eat it - it's by far my favourite sandwich ever.

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    1. Well yes, it's time to break out the mirin and roast some almonds. It's quite delicious! Enjoy the chickpea salad...it's one of my fav's too! :)

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  2. These sound very unique. I have a mirin mix I put together a month or so ago that could work with this and then add in the maple flavoring. Very unusual but it sounds delicious. I will be sure to try this. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. Hi Vicki! Please do try it with your mix or the mix I have here, it is so good! I almost think this would be fine with just mirin but that's just me as I love the flavor and simplicity. A little coconut sugar might be well too in place of the maple to lend a caramel flavor. I also think some ginger and orange flavor would be great instead of the cinnamon and chipotle. Or simply mirin and salt. However you try it with the mirin, I highly recommend it! Cheers :)

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  3. These look FANTASTIC! And so easy to make, too. Beautiful. :)

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  4. We rented a cabin in Tahoe for Christmas this year. We were there for 3 days and I wanted to bring healthy munchies that could pack easily and would fill in between meals. These worked out great. They were a big hit with the family, even my picky teenager.I found organic almonds in the bulk section at WF. I had never used Mirin before and used it again tonight in a marinade for tofu, Fun to integrate something new in the flavor spectrum. Thank You!

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    1. That sounds wonderful! How fun to have rented a cabin for the holiday. I'm so glad they went over well with everyone. I just made another batch of these the other day...so simple and good! Cheers to a new year and trying new things! :)

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  5. i made some of these recently. i like this variation too!

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    1. These are super! Hope you give them a try next round of roasted almonds you make. The mirin is a key ingredient. Cheers :)

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