My sweet husband had picked up some walnuts for my banana nut breads from Costco. And one thing about shopping at Costco is that you'll be left with a big bulk of something no matter how much of it you use. I use about 1 cup of walnuts for each batch of banana bread. Costco sells walnuts in 5 lb packages, which equates to about 10 to 12 cups I think. So, what do I do with all these walnuts?
One of my favorite things to eat in salads are candied walnuts. I've actually never made them or even thought about making them until my dad told me that he made some the other day. After retiring, he has been learning how to cook and bake through YouTube. Pretty impressive huh? Some of his ventures include tiramisu and Moroccan chicken. Sooner or later, he'll be joining my brother (eatdrinkplay) and me in the food blog world.
So, to celebrate my father and his cooking embarkations, I've decided to make some candied walnuts.
from simply recipes
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1-1/2 raw walnuts
- 1/8 tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Use middle rack in oven. Lay walnuts out on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 5 minutes. Test for doneness. If not quite toasted enough, toast for 1 or 2 more minutes. Be careful not to burn. Remove from oven and let cool in pan on a rack.
- Pour sugar into a medium saucepan with a thick bottom. Have walnuts nearby, ready to quickly add to the pan at the right time. Cook sugar on medium heat, stirring with a wooden spoon as soon as the sugar begins to melt. Keep stirring until all the sugar has melted and the color is a medium amber. As soon as sugar is melted and the color is a medium amber, add the walnuts to the pan, quickly stirring and coating each piece with the sugar mixture.
- As soon as the walnuts are coated with the sugar mixture, spread them out on a rimmed baking sheet, lined either with a non-stick mat, or aluminum foil. Use two forks to separate the walnuts from each other, working very quickly. Sprinkle the nuts with the salt. Let cool completely.