“The thing about growing up with Fred and George,” said Ginny thoughtfully, “is that you sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.”
Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes
For those familiar with the Harry Potter book series and films, you’ll remember that Fred and George Weasley left Hogwarts shortly before graduation in their 7th year to start their joke shop Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes in Diagon Alley. Though not mentioned in the books, the Half-Blood Prince film showed that their joke shop included a coin-operated machine selling Weasleys’ Dragon Roasted Nuts, complete with a miniature dragon breathing fire over them.
Though my version of Weasleys’ Dragon Roasted Nuts may not gather their heat from a real dragon, they come packing some serious heat from a blend of spices including cinnamon, ginger, cloves, cumin, chili powder, red pepper flakes, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. The warm spice blend is tempered with a generous measure of honey, resulting in a crunchy treat that is both fiery and sweet.
A crunchy mix of Weasleys’ Dragon Roasted Nuts
In the film, the dragon-roasted nuts in the machine were chestnuts, which tend to be quite starchy and tender. I wanted a crunchy mix so I instead chose to use a blend of cashews, almonds, pecans, walnuts, and peanuts for this recipe. Prefer a simpler blend? Or maybe you want to add hazelnuts or macadamia? The blend of nuts you use is up to you, but I find that 12 oz (roughly 3 cups) of more traditionally crunchy nuts work best for this recipe.
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- Kitchen scale (or measuring cups for less accurate measurements)
- Measuring spoons
- A medium mixing bowl
- A whisk or fork
- A wooden spoon or spatula
- A baking sheet
- A silicone baking liner or parchment paper
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A note for special diets
This recipe for Weasleys’ Dragon Roasted Nuts is grain-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and can be made friendly for Paleo diets if you omit the peanuts in favor of a Paleo-friendly nut.
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My version of Weasleys Dragon Roasted Nuts may not gain their heat from a real dragon, they contain a blend of spices that are both fiery and sweet.
- 16 oz (about 3 cups) mixed nuts (for this I used 3 oz cashews, 3 oz almonds, 3 oz pecans, 3 oz walnuts, 4 oz peanuts (swap peanuts out for Paleo) but you may use what you like)
- 1 large egg white
- 170g (about 1/2 cup) honey
- 1 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (may use 1/4 tsp for milder mix)
- 1/4 tsp cracked black pepper
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- Preheat your oven to 250 degrees F (120 C). Line a large baking sheet with a silicone liner or parchment paper.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whip the egg white until frothy. Add mixed nuts to egg whites and toss to coat.
- Add the honey to your nuts as well as all of the spices and seasonings (If your honey is firm, 10-15 seconds in the microwave should be plenty of time to liquify it). Mix nuts to coat evenly.
- Transfer the nut mixture onto the baking sheet and place in the oven. Roast for 45-60 minutes, turning the nuts with a wooden spoon or spatula every 15 minutes to make sure that they toast evenly, until the nuts are lightly browned and glossy.
- Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes and then break apart into chunks. Cashews, especially, have an odd, somewhat soft texture when they first come out of the oven. But once cooled, they are perfectly crunchy. This nut mixture can be stored in an airtight container in a cool dry place for around 2 weeks.
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- Serving Size: about 1/4 cup (1.33 oz)
- Calories: 259
- Sugar: 12 g
- Sodium: 147 mg
- Fat: 20 g
- Saturated Fat: 2 g
- Carbohydrates: 19 g
- Fiber: 3 g
- Protein: 7 g
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