Candied Walnuts – Looking for a treat that’s both sweet and crunchy? Look no further, than these Candied Walnuts. Packed with flavor from granulated sugar, light brown sugar, and a touch of cinnamon these walnuts will add a touch to any dish or can be enjoyed all on their own.
When I first made these Candied Walnuts I was searching for a mouthwatering treat to share during a family movie night. I can still remember the aroma that filled the house. Once they were ready they became an instant hit! Even my husband, who isn’t usually a fan of walnuts couldn’t resist nibbling on them. As for our child? Well, let’s just say they disappeared before the movie even ended.
What makes this Candied Walnuts truly stand out?
These Candied Walnuts truly stand out because of their simplicity and versatility. In 5 minutes you can whip up a snack that’s not only delicious on its own but also makes for a delightful appetizer or adds that perfect crunch, to your favorite salad. By using the sweetness of granulated and brown sugar these walnuts become a treat that accentuates the natural flavors and textures of this beloved nut.
What You Need To Make This Candied Walnuts Recipe?
Walnuts: Choose fresh walnuts for the best flavor. Older or improperly stored walnuts can become rancid, impacting the overall taste. If possible, give them a sniff before using them; they should have a pleasant, nutty aroma.
Granulated Sugar and light Brown Sugar: These two sugars combine to give the walnuts their candied finish. While granulated sugar provides the classic sweetness, the light brown sugar adds depth with its molasses undertones.
Water: Helps in dissolving the sugars initially and ensures even caramelization.
Unsalted Butter: Adds a creamy richness to the coating and aids in the caramelizing process. If using salted butter, you might want to adjust the additional salt quantity in the recipe.
Salt: A hint of salt balances out the sweetness, elevating the overall flavor.
Cinnamon (Optional): This warming spice can add a lovely festive touch. If you’re using it, make sure it’s fresh for the best aromatic experience. And if cinnamon isn’t your thing, feel free to omit or experiment with other spices like nutmeg or cardamom for a different twist.
Steps To Make Candied Walnuts:
Step 1: First start by setting up your baking sheet and lining it with parchment paper. Trust me this simple step will save you a lot of cleaning later.
Step 2: Next, grab your nonstick skillet and add in the walnuts, both sugars, water, and that creamy butter. If you’re, in the mood, for some flavor go ahead. Sprinkle in some cinnamon too. Turn up the heat. Give it a stir every now and then. When your kitchen fills with an aroma and those walnuts look shiny while sticking together that’s when you know they’re done.
Step 3: Now comes an important step. Sprinkle in the salt. Give everything one stir. Swiftly but carefully transfer those gleaming walnuts onto your baking sheet. Make sure they have space to spread out! Allow them to cool down for a bit and voila! You’ve got yourself some homemade candied walnuts – sweet and absolutely irresistible.
When you move the candied walnuts onto the baking sheet lined with parchment paper, make sure to diverge them using forks while they’re still hot. This will stop them from assembling clusters. Guarantee that each part of the walnut is evenly blanketed and becomes crispy. Keep in mind that they set rapidly as they cool down so being instantaneous will deliver the best results!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I use other nuts instead of walnuts?
Of course! Instead of walnuts, you can try using pecans or almonds as substitutes. Just keep an eye on the cooking time because different nuts may caramelize at varying rates.
How should I store the candied walnuts?
To store the candied nuts simply place them in an airtight container at room temperature. This will help maintain their freshness and crunchiness for up, to a week.
Can I use dark brown sugar instead of light brown?
Certainly! If you don’t have light sugar, dark brown sugar works well as a substitute. It will add a molasses flavor to your candied nuts. Adjust the amount according to your personal taste preference.
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