Walnuts are high in copper, manganese, and omega 3 fatty acids, which are delicate and should not be heated to high temperatures. Roasting at the 250 degree temperature helps to preserve these oils. Candied walnuts make a great snack to satisfy a sweet craving, taste great on top of a salad, or stirred into a pilaf or vegetable dish. If you prefer a sweeter candied nut, use 4 tablespoons maple syrup (1/4 cup) or for a spicier candied walnut add an extra pinch of cayenne pepper.
- 2 cups walnuts
- 3 to 4 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
In a bowl, combine the maple syrup, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and salt. Stir to combine, add the walnuts and toss to evenly coat the nuts.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the walnuts evenly out on the baking sheet. Bake in a preheated oven for 55 minutes to an hour or until walnuts are toasted and sugar is caramelized.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Makes: 2 cups
Copyright 2010, J. Usdavin, Original recipe.