One of my favorite salads includes candied nuts, fruit and bleu or goat cheese. I’ve been buying glazed nuts, but no more.
Sorry Emerald, but these nuts are:
a. Overly sweet (corn syrup anyone?)
b. Not so nutty, more like sugar blobs
c. Kind of expensive
Time for a change. Glazed nuts can’t be that hard to make. Right? I got the following recipe from my Mom, who used to make spiced walnuts during the holidays.
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 T water
3 cups of nuts
To be honest I don’t measure spices; I eyeball. I did, however, measure the water and the sugar. You can change the spices to whatever you’d like. Here’s the step-by-step:
- Bring the ingredients to a boil (minus the nuts)
- Remove from heat
- Stir in the nuts
The whole process takes ten minutes AND I can tell you that these nuts are much tastier. They taste like nuts (and sugar). Here they are sprawled out on wax paper.
Making my own glazed nuts allows me to make them just how I like (tastier) and save a few bucks. It’s a win-win situation.
How about you? What do you like to make instead of buy?