Easy Candied Walnuts Recipe
These are very easy party appetizers and you just need walnuts, sugar, and a little salt. A good tip for making candied walnuts recipes is to work fast when the sugar begins to melt because when it coats the walnuts it sets fast, meaning the walnuts will stick to each other. You might like to make a practice batch before you make these for a party.
You have about half a minute to separate them before they are permanently stuck together. Also, make sure you do not burn the walnuts when toasting them. Candied walnuts are great appetizers and you can also use them to decorate ice cream desserts. The following candied walnuts recipe is a nice one to follow if you are catering for a party.
You can double up this recipe if you want to make more. If you are having a sit-down dinner, serve a few of these homemade candied walnuts when the appetizers come around the table or for dessert – they are very versatile. If you are catering for a buffet, you can leave them near the savory food or the desserts. Delicious crunchy candied walnuts recipes are popular whatever the season or occasion.
- 1 ½ cups raw walnut halves
- ½ cup sugar
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and then toast the walnuts on a baking sheet in the middle of the oven for about 5 minutes.
- Cool them in the pan on a rack.
- Pour the sugar into a medium pan with a thick bottom.
- Cook it over a medium heat, stirring until the sugar starts to melt.
- Keep stirring until the sugar is amber in color and completely melted.
- Add the walnuts immediately, stirring and coating each one in the syrup.
- Spread the walnuts on a rimmed baking sheet, which has been lined with wax paper or parchment paper, and separate them using a pair of forks.
- Sprinkle the salt over the nuts and let them cool.
These candied walnuts off the sweetness of sugar, a salty taste too and, of course, the unmistakable flavor of the walnuts themselves. This is a good appetizer to offer when people are arriving and enjoying their first drink of the evening. You can leave bowls of these around the room but do keep an eye on them because the bowls empty out surprisingly fast once people taste these irresistible morsels. Stir the walnuts in the melted sugar for a few seconds but remember any longer and they will all stick together and harden, so the key to making this recipe a success is being quick in the kitchen.
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