Before christmas my mother shipped me a lot (ton) of walnuts. She has a big tree in her garden and each and every year she shares the harvest. She always tries to eat lots but they are legion. She even feeds squirrels and birds with the cracked open nuts (some birds are used to come knocking at her sliding door for breakfast). I have seen her blackbirds, they remind me on fat poultry, nearly unable to fly, all thanks to those fabulous nut snacks and she feeds raisins too.
Today I decided to clean out the kitchen cupboard and found some leftover dried fruits. So I decided on candies again while using the nuts and this snack is quite heathy...
By the way the following is a medieval recipe:
300 g nuts (for example mix of walnut nuts, pine nuts, cobnuts, almonds)
200 g dried fruits (figs, apricots, dates, raisins)
100 g candied fruits (I used my candied orange peel and 10 candied cherries)
2 tablespoons almonds, finely ground
Chop the nuts and fruits roughly
100 g honey
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 small pinch ground cloves
1 pinch ground dried ginger
Heat up sugar and honey until the sugar is melted and the mixture bubbling hot.
Mix all ingredients together and fill into a rectangled mould, greased and layered with thin wheat wafers. Spread the mixture evenly (best up to 3 cm high), cover with another layer of wafers and bake at 150 degree C for 30 minutes.
After baking put some weight (a wooden board and some cans) on top of the wafers, let cool down and put it into the fridge for a couple of hours.
Remove weight and cut the nut-mixture into dices using a heavy knife.
The wafers help to keep the fingers from getting sticky. If you don't have any wafers you may substitute with parchment paper, after baking remove the paper and dust the dices with icing sugar.