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A good candied walnut recipe anyone?

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jasmineou May 8, 2007 11:47 AM

I wanted to make some candied walnuts for my mom for mothers day, but I need a good recipe! Anyone have any recommendations, fried vs. baked persay? I would prefer the healthier, non-fried version, but maybe they need to be fried for the best taste results... I don't know? Anyone have any reliable home recipes for candied walnuts that they would like to share? Also, I'd prefer that it doesn't require a candy thermometer, which I don't have. Thanks! Happy chowing...

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    bite bite May 8, 2007 11:56 AM

    Here's a thread with a bunch of candied nuts recipes of different varieties (fried and not -- there are fans on both sides of the aisle):
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/38141...

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      jasmineou May 8, 2007 11:57 AM

      Thanks so much bitebite :)

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        bite bite May 8, 2007 12:08 PM

        My pleasure. I've only made the fried evil ones so far -- but there's a recipe on the thread for Cinnamon and Spice Glazed Pecans that uses egg-whotes that I'm tempted to try -- now that you've got me thinking in the direction.

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      jrl2929 May 8, 2007 12:13 PM

      I found a great and easy recipe on the Food Network website a while ago. I hope this is helpful.

      - Line a cookie sheet with foil
      - Blanch the walnuts for 3-4 minutes
      - Quickly dry them off and coat them with powdered sugar while they are still warm. Make sure to remove the excess powdered sugar
      - Put the walnuts in one layer on the lined cookie sheet
      - Cook them in a 375 degree oven for 10 minutes turning once so they don't burn
      - Let them cool and enjoy.

      I love a baby spinach salad with goat cheese, pears and candied walnuts!

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        jasmineou May 8, 2007 12:19 PM

        Thanks for taking the time to post this ! I will definitely try it.

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          jrl2929 May 8, 2007 12:22 PM

          Please let me know how it turns out.

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            jasmineou May 8, 2007 05:50 PM

            Sure, I think I may try a tiny batch of the powerded sugar ones, and then a tiny batch of the egg white ones. I'll let you know!

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              jasmineou May 8, 2007 05:51 PM

              also curious about the cornsyrup and boiling sugar process.. but i dont want to make candied walnut rocks, so im kinda scared about that

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                bite bite May 8, 2007 07:21 PM

                Please do. Don't know about the cornsyrup. The one I always make is with brown sugar, honey, butter and a bit of spice and salt. They come out v. praline-like.

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                  Densible May 8, 2007 08:53 PM

                  This is a recipe by Nigella Lawson I saw her do on her Food Network programme. I made them on Sunday-you can use mixed nuts or just walnuts. Truly incredible and I am not a big nut (fan)! They are sweet and wonderful earthy-close to what bite bite describes above.

                  http://www.nigella.com/recipes/recipe...

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                    bite bite May 8, 2007 09:16 PM

                    Mmm. The addition of rosemary here is really appealing. Have added to my recipe file.

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                      Densible May 8, 2007 09:25 PM

                      Yes I thought so too. I think it says to use fresh and to chop very finely. It was really different-SO loves nuts but not too sweet-he really enjoyed these.

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