Two years ago I had a couple of guests from Austria. I’ve received a yummy gift – a little package of heavenly tasting roasted pumpkin seeds. It was so delish that I decided to keep the empty paper bag, in hope that one day I will try to re-make it from the ingredients list. Eventually, I decided to give it a go. After some experiments I came with a quite satisfying result, which you can see below.
This is so delicious, surprisingly easy and cheap to make. By adding just a few spices I was able to create some extraordinary taste out of rather predictable, yet tasty pumpkin seed.
This roasted seeds work great as a sophisticated party snack or a healthy sweet treat for kids. (My two year old loves them!). Simply wrapped in a baking paper and decorated with a plain ribbon they make an alternative gift idea with a rustic twist.
Place pumpkin seeds in a non-stick frying pan (cast iron skillet works best in my opinion) over medium-high heat. Stir frequently with silicon or wooden spatula until seeds are lightly toasted and start to make a cracking noise. Put them on the side, in the bowl.
Using the same frying pan, which is already warm; dissolve the sugar in an orange juice and bring it to boil.
Add the orange oil, ginger and vanilla. Mix constantly until mixture thickens and sugar starts to caramelize. Stir in the pumpkin seeds. Mix until the seeds are coated and almost dry.
Remove the pan from heat and let the seeds cool completely on the pan then break into small chunks with your hands.