Candied Nuts are something I need all the time but making them was the bane of my existence until I found the perfect recipe.
Past failures included...cooking them on the stove - I always burned some of them. Baking them...I never knew how long and they were not consistently good.
Then one day, there it was!! The perfect recipe! And I am passing it along to you.
Candied nuts are fabulous in salads, or just to eat one after the other! I also substitute candied nuts in muffin or nut bread recipes. The candied aspect adds just a little extra something, and I am always looking for a little extra something.
Sooooo easy to make.
Use Walnuts or pecans -
Whip one egg white and 2 teaspoons of water in a bowl until frothy
Pour the nuts in and stir until all the nuts are covered....work fast! Grab a large plastic bag and pour a mixture of one a 1/2 cups of sugar with 1 tablespoon of cinnamon (you can add a tiny bit of cayenne pepper if you want, but a little goes a long way) in with all your nuts and shake it until everything is covered. Once the bag was broken so my whole floor was covered....
Now put them in a parchment covered cookie sheet - you will thank me later for zero clean up using the parchment paper, plus it makes it easy to break up the nuts. Bake at 200 degrees for 1 hour....turn them every 15 minutes.
They store well in the refrigerator.....but I don't keep them long because they are so good!!
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