Fried Fruit and Nut Crisps
The recipe is flexible to different proportions of the nuts, seeds and spices. For example, almonds can substitute for pistachios, and more or less of each seed is fine for a total of 1-1/4 cups nuts and seeds. Make your own variation! I sometimes make a slightly spicy version with nutmeg, allspice and pepper, or add a couple tablespoons of crystallized ginger for a hit of sweet heat. Or make them plain. The dried fruit and crunchy nuts and seeds can hold their own.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup Sun-Maid Golden Raisins
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced Sun-Maid dried apricots
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pistachios or almonds
- 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp* salt
- 1/4 tsp each, ground nutmeg, allspice and black or white pepper
- 2 tbsp minced crystallized ginger
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds, optional
Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat a 4.5x8.5 or 9x5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
Combine all ingredients except milk in a large bowl. Mix well. Stir in milk. Batter will be thin, don't worry!
Pour into prepared pan. Sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired -- this fancys up the top edge of the crackers when they are sliced.
Bake until golden brown and a pick inserted in center comes out clean, 35-45 minutes. Cool completely in pan. Run a knife around edge and remove from pan.
Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for at least 3 hours or overnight.When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°F. Remove loaf from freezer and let stand 5-10 minutes.
Slice into 1/8-inch slices, using a sturdy sharp knife. Arrange slices in a single layer on an ungreased or parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake until edges are golden brown, 12-16 minutes depending on cracker thickness. Watch carefully the last few minutes, removing any crackers that brown first. Cool on a wire rack.
Store for 2-3 days in sealed plastic bag or for best crispness, store in a tin. If crackers soften, re-crisp in 300F° oven for 5-10 minutes. Cool.
Saltiness is a preference and also enhances sweet and spicy flavors. Increase salt to ½ to 1 teaspoon as desired.
If you only have salted or dry toasted nuts they will work fine. Adjust salt as needed.
Crackers may soften within 1-2 days with crystallized ginger.