Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Holiday Candied Walnut Recipe

The holidays are fast approaching and I wanted to share with you a recipe that my husband put together with three simple ingredients.  Now, for forty years I haven't liked walnuts.  Just never have.  Not a fave.  Not ever.  I don't buy them.  I mean, what's the point.  UNTIL we were given walnuts and he started 'playing' in the kitchen and produced these wonderful, addictive, little jewels of goodness.  And the crazy thing is - they are good on and complement so many foods - especially holiday foods.  And what is around the corner?  Holiday cooking and baking.  Perfect timing says me.  Truthfully, you could follow this recipe and substitute walnuts for pecans, almonds, whatever your preference. 

Quick serving suggestions:

Baby green salad with candied JAVA nuts, goat cheese crumbles, sliced apples in a light olive oil/apple cider vinaigrette!

Sprinkled over pies.

Sprinkled over cobblers.

Hors d'oeuvre topper.

Eaten out of the bowl - one at a time.


1-1/2 cups fresh walnuts
1 Tablespoon JAVA Spice
7 Tablespoons JAVA & Co. Coffee Infused Syrup
Entire recipe time from start to finish - about 5 minutes. 

Place saute pan over medium high heat.  Add fresh walnuts.  Sweat and saute walnuts quickly.  Keep the pan and walnuts moving in the pan.  Add / sprinkle JAVA Spice over walnuts - lightly coating with an even layer.  Continue cooking, tossing nuts.  Add JAVA & Co. syrup - one tablespoon at a time - drizzling over walnuts.  Continue cooking / tossing with syrup until all walnuts are coated.  You need to keep the walnuts moving in the pan so the syrup doesn't burn.  This last step goes really quick.  Remove from heat.  Spread and cool candied walnuts on parchment paper or waxed paper.  Serve and enjoy!

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