One of my favorite treats in this whole wide world would have to be candied nuts—which is funny because growing up, I hated nuts! So much so that I was known for it, and all of my family and friends avoided baking with them just for me. (I feel kinda guilty about that now…) But then something happened in my 20’s: I suddenly became sick and tired of being an overly picky eater. I realized life would be so much easier and more enjoyable if I could learn to like a wider variety of foods.
Long story short, (too late?) I not only learned to like nuts, I began to love them! Especially the candied type. But add a touch of salt in the mix and you have a magical sweet, salty, crunchy combo that I could eat all day long.
OK – enough chatter! Let me now share with you the easiest and most delicious recipe for Sweet and Salty Maple Walnuts that will have you high-fiving me through your computer.
FYI – these maple walnuts make great homemade gifts to give to friends, family and neighbors during the holidays. But beware, you just might feel a little guilty about how many compliments you’ll receive because they were just so darn easy make!
But if you’re just making them for your household to eat, my favorite way to enjoy them (besides just eating them straight) is on top of a salad. Just be sure to add them after the salad has already been dressed. Otherwise the dressing may strip the maple syrup from the walnuts and part of the wondrous tastiness will be lost.
There I go again with the chatter! Can you tell I’m passionate about these walnuts?? I’ll share the recipe now. And I really mean it this time!
1. First – measure out one cup of walnut halves and add them to a dry frying pan. Turn the fire on medium-high heat to begin the toasting process. While the nuts are toasting, get out a sheet of parchment paper and lay it somewhere on the counter near by.
2. Once the nuts are fragrant and take on a slightly darker color (about three minutes), add roughly two tablespoons of pure 100% maple syrup to the pan. Quickly grab a spoon and stir the nuts in with the syrup.
3. After about 15 seconds or so, most of the syrup should be stuck to the walnuts. At this point, you’ll want to immediately remove the pan from the heat and carefully poor those nuts onto the parchment paper.
4. While the walnuts are still warm, take some salt, (the coarse type, if you have it) and sprinkle it over the top.
5. Once the nuts are completely cool, break them apart with your fingers so that they are no longer stuck together.
That’s all there is to it! You’ll never have to buy ready made candied or glazed walnuts again. By the way, this can be done with other types of nuts, as well, but I’m partial to walnuts because they are the highest in Omega 3’s above all other nuts. And, they’re delicious, which is important, too.
Added tip: As soon as that pan is cool enough to handle, you’ll want to wash it STAT. Otherwise removing the dried residual syrup may become a long process.
Sweet and Salty Maple Walnuts
Makes 1 cup of nuts
- 1 cup Walnut Halves and Pieces
- 2 T. Pure Maple Syrup
- Several pinches of coarse salt