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May 8, 2007 11:47 AM

A good candied walnut recipe anyone?

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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  1. 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):

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      1. re: jasmineou

        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.

    1. 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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      1. re: jrl2929

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

        1. re: jasmineou

          Please let me know how it turns out.

          1. re: jrl2929

            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!

            1. re: jrl2929

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

              1. re: jasmineou

                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.

                1. re: bite bite

                  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.


                  1. re: Densible

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

                    1. re: bite bite

                      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.