For all the sweet tooth in the house, I have a treat for you- candied walnuts. Here you have a lightly sweetened treat that not only your kids will enjoy but adults too.
What does stand out is the irresistibly delicious snack that people of all ages can use.
Notice that you can add this as a salad snack dessert, among others. With this recipe, we make you the one that is not too sweet yet naturally perfect for eating.
Here we bring you a recipe to make some of the most delicious, sweet, crunchy, and rich nuts to use. Nuts are a bit expensive, but you will know it’s what you want faster when you have missed these candied goodies.
This is one of the common ones you will use when you are going for sporting events and things. Of course, when you smell the glaze, you will want to eat the delicious and crunchy goodies.
This recipe you can make for as little as ten minutes if you have everything set. You can also be sure you will still have it stand out.
What is candied walnut?
This is more like the regular walnuts that they find ways to sweeten. So they use the sugar to create a perfect coating. It will have a blend of sweetness but also nutty tastes.
I like the crunch as well. I mean, it’s the perfect combo for when you feel like biting just about anything. In basic terms, this is more like the sweetened nuts.
What is it made of?
For these simple walnut candies then you will only need walnut kernels, rock sugar, maltose but also water. So for the toffee coating, then you will always need only the talked-off ingredients.
This is also what shows you it’s such an easy combo to make you know.
Notice that if you like, then you can add the herbs to the walnut to amplify the tastes and flavors.
For more spice, then add a pinch or two of the cayenne pepper to make it. This will give it that spicy feel.
How to make the candied walnuts?
Check these significant points to be sure you’re making the perfect candied walnuts.
Walnuts: so you will use the walnuts in halves, but you can also use them to make smaller walnuts. If you want to make them even smaller, you can break them after you candy them.
Prepare the pan: before you start the cooking process, you should start by setting the pan ready. Regardless of when you finish candying the walnuts, you will need to spread the walnuts together.
The sugar is the one that is going to make the coating for your walnuts.
Use a nonstick skillet pan: you always don’t want to cause the sticking of the walnut to the pans.
The spices you use: of course, to make it even better, you will need to use the different spices. The common ones you can use are cinnamon and cayenne powder but also the different herbs to use.
Be quick: you want to coat the walnuts, not burn the sugar.
- 250g walnut kernels,
- 75g rock sugar,
- 25g maltose,
- 50g purified water,
- a little cooked white sesame.
Roast the walnuts
Heat your oven, and this should take about 20 minutes to reach a temperature of 300°F. Put the walnut kernels in the oven and roast at 150 degrees for 10 minutes to create a fragrance.
This should take you a shorter time than pan roasting. Besides, it makes your work even easier when you roast it in the oven. You will quickly attain the nutty flavor but also the crunch.
Prepare the syrup
Put rock sugar, maltose, and pure water into the pan and bring to a boil. You want to heat it until your sugar starts to sizzle on the edges.
Reduce the heat
Now you want to reduce the heat to cook over medium heat until the rock sugar melts. Turn to low heat and cook while gently stirring until the syrup is thick. Just make sure you don’t go anywhere. It has sugar, so if you go away, you could quickly start to burn the sugar.
Keep stirring it
Keep simmering it as you want to attain the image below. We can only say at this point that you should cook until light golden brown and turn off the heat. Now it’s ready for the coating.
Add your toasted walnuts.
Pour the toasted walnuts into the syrup while it is hot and stir evenly so that each walnut is covered with syrup. This is going to be what forms the coating, you know.
Add the sesame seeds.
Sprinkle a layer of cooked white sesame seeds and mix well. Of course, it’s still going to give it even more nutty flavors. This is going to be quite delicious to use as a snack.
Keep stirring until it’s then ready to use.
Set them on the nonstick baking pan.
Pour them on a nonstick baking pan, spread out one by one, and let it cool thoroughly before sealing and storing. Just make sure it’s as you can see below.
The tricks to making the candied walnuts
The thing you should not ignore is the fact that you need to be fast for the process. This you should mainly do when you have the sugar already melted. Remember, the moment the walnuts cool, it will always just stick together then. You want to make sure when it sticks together; then you’ve made it ready.
When you then set them on the pan, you want to remember to separate them. If you don’t separate them within the first thirty seconds, you will have the ball being forever sticky. It will still be perfect, but it’s hard to break.
When you’re making the walnuts remember you should never burn them, toast it right.
- The walnut kernels are roasted in an oven to give a fragrance. If there is no oven, you can also use a microwave.
- If there is no maltose or water syrup, use rock sugar.
- Use small rock sugar which are easier to melt.
- Don’t forget to stir the sugar as it’s boiling; it will quickly turn the sugar crystals into liquid syrup.
Use the perfect skillet to make these walnuts.
For this recipe, we used this skillet just because it’s durable and the only one we have. It will help to attain the perfect coating for your walnut. This is going to be smoother to use. It’s, in fact, easier to make when you have the perfect tools.
How to serve the candied walnuts?
In most cases, you will have the candied walnuts being served differently. Below are a few options you can use to serve it.
Make it plain
This is going to be by far one of the easiest methods to serve the dessert. I mean, it’s ready for you to start to eat it. So take it, and then you can pop it in your mouth.
In this case, you don’t have to think so much about it. Check to make sure you serve it as it is.
This is going to make the perfect salad for your meal. So then you will need to add the walnuts to the other salad of choice you have. You don’t have to overthink it as you can serve it alongside your different salads as you would like.
Use them alongside your sweet potatoes.`
When you have already baked your sweet potatoes, then you can sprinkle the walnuts over them.
Consider adding it to the list of your party snacks.
During holidays, you will have the walnuts making sense just because, generally, nuts are filling.
When you have the kids playing, they need energy boosters, and therefore you can use them. You can always add them to the cheese to make the dessert a lot snaky too.
It will make the perfect toppings.
If you have oatmeal, it will make the perfect meal generally. You can even add it as a topping to your ice cream and yogurt.
Here are the variations
Sometimes you can also make the variation to fit your tastes. So here are the recipes you can make.
The sweetness: you can then adjust the sweetness by reducing or increasing the sugar. Here you then have the best-candied walnuts based on your taste buds. Some people will even decide to add the brown sugar from ¼ cup to 1 cup, making it even sweeter.
When you don’t have walnuts, pecans are the best: Of course, you don’t always have to use walnuts. If you don’t like the walnuts, then use the pecans for the same recipe.
Alternatively, then you can use it alongside the walnuts for even better flavors. But some people even use the groundnuts for the same.
The sugar: we always suggest that you use rock sugar or brown sugar, but you can also use white granulated sugar for the best results.
Play around with the seasoning: in this recipe, we suggested using cayenne powder, but you don’t always have to. You can make other recipes that you like and enjoy. I mean, what else do you like to use as a seasoning?
How long will it last?
There’s no set time as to how long it lasts. We say that as long as you stored then right, you will have it last longer. I like to make them just because they last so much longer. In the end, you will have the nuts get rancid.
This is why you ought to keep them in an airtight container. So then put them in the fridge or freezer for it to last longer.
Store the walnuts in the freezer or fridge to have them last for a week.
Can you freeze the walnuts?
Yes, you can freeze the walnuts. So then set the walnuts on the parchment paper, and you should also allow it to cool down here. From here then you should transfer it to the airtight container.
From here then you can set it for three months. But you should label and store it for later use.
Do I need a lot of time to make it?
No, you don’t; it will be ready in just five minutes if you had already roasted the nuts. Those who know how to make it know it only takes about 5 minutes to have the meal ready.
My walnuts are bitter; what did I do wrong?
You will notice this walnuts recipe because you have to be keen when making the recipe. If you allow it to stay over a long time in the oven or stovetop, you will have it being bitter.
It would help if you were careful when making this recipe. If you are too slow with it, you will have the sugar burning, and it, therefore, gets too bitter.
Is it filling?
Think of it this way then you have the nuts, which are naturally filling, but the sugar will add on a crazy amount of energy. If you are looking for a quick energy boost snack, then you should use this piece.
Is it healthy?
Well, it’s a happy snack, not a healthy one. Of course, as you would expect, the sweets are never too healthy. They contain a lot of sugar that will add too many calories.
It’s okay if you eat it in moderation and once in a while. Don’t deny yourself the snacks completely.
This is the snack you will use a lot when you have significant parties, so don’t feel so guilty when you have to eat it a few couple times.
Can I use it alongside my coffee?
Yes, the walnuts will make the perfect combo to use with the coffee. I like the sweetened one because it will add to the high level of sweetness to the bitter coffee.
Well, there you go with the candied nuts recipe. You can try it right now to see that it works. I would like to see your samples of these recipes below; let me see how yours came out.
Easy Candied Walnuts Recipe
- 250 g walnut kernels
- 75 g rock sugar
- 25 g maltose
- 50 g purified water
- a little cooked white sesame.
- Heat your oven, and this should take about 20 minutes to reach a temperature of 300°F. Put the walnut kernels in the oven and roast at 150 degrees for 10 minutes to create a fragrance.This should take you a shorter time than pan roasting. Besides, it makes your work even easier when you roast it in the oven. You will quickly attain the nutty flavor but also the crunch.
- Put rock sugar, maltose, and pure water into the pan and bring to a boil. You want to heat it until your sugar starts to sizzle on the edges.
- Now you want to reduce the heat to cook over medium heat until the rock sugar melts. Turn to low heat and cook while gently stirring until the syrup is thick. Just make sure you don't go anywhere. It has sugar, so if you go away, you could quickly start to burn the sugar.
- Keep simmering it as you want to attain the image below. We can only say at this point that you should cook until light golden brown and turn off the heat. Now it's ready for the coating.
- Pour the toasted walnuts into the syrup while it is hot and stir evenly so that each walnut is covered with syrup. This is going to be what forms the coating, you know.
- Sprinkle a layer of cooked white sesame seeds and mix well. Of course, it's still going to give it even more nutty flavors. This is going to be quite delicious to use as a snack.Keep stirring until it's then ready to use.
- Pour them on a nonstick baking pan, spread out one by one, and let it cool thoroughly before sealing and storing. Just make sure it's as you can see below.