Monday, December 21, 2009

Candied Walnuts

While in Napa over Thanksgiving, Mike headed to the end of Gramp's street. He picked walnuts every day. We drove home with a paper boxes full. Mike did all the cracking with a hammer in the back yard. And tonight, we tried this recipe. It was Mike's first time using a candy thermometer. The walnuts came out terrific. These will be our Christmas gifts this year!

Two days later we made Sweet & Spicy Walnuts. Not sure about these yet.

Might try this next. Honey Roasted Walnuts

1 1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups walnuts, halved or large pieces

boil sugar, salt, honey and water together stirring often until it read 242 degrees on a candy thermometer (firm soft ball stage). remove from heat and stir in the walnutsand the vanilla, stirring until creamy. turn candy onto wax paper and seperate the nuts using two forks

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