Monday, February 27, 2012

candied maple nuts

The end of winter is just around the corner. I can feel it. Can you?

I think a lot of us in Beantown are in the same boat this year. Yes, a bit more snow would have been cozy and festive and fun. But you can just taste the impending warmth of the sun, the carbon tang of a charcoal grill, the salty breeze at a beach.

I'm so ready for it.

But if you'd like to wish winter a fonder farewell, you could enjoy these candied maple nuts.


They are reminiscent of the slightly salty, and very sweet nuts served from a cart on the corner of a busy city street. They are best eaten with chilly fingers and wind-nipped ears.

These have whole, simple ingredients, and are so yummy. But best of all, they are super easy. You can whip them up in just a few minutes, and clean up takes even less time.

I like to use Grade B maple syrup, as it has more of the rich and heavy maple flavor I love. You can use whatever kind of nuts you want. I like a half and half mix of cashews and almonds.


Candied Maple Nuts

Ingredients:
2 cups raw nuts
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt

Combine all ingredients in a large, nonstick skillet (I recommend cast iron). Turn heat to low, and slowly increase the temperature, stirring occasionally. As the syrup begins to boil, stir constantly. The syrup will begin to caramelize. You'll want to remove the pan from the heat when the moisture has mostly evaporated and the nuts begin to stick to each other. Spread on a sheet of parchment or waxed paper until cool. Store in an airtight container.

12 comments:

  1. Great idea! Those look heavenly! Love that lead photo.

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  2. Oh my gosh, YUM! And nope, I'm not complaining about this winter :)
    Best,
    Casey
    Girl in the Poodle Shoes

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  3. I can feel it!!! Spring is right around the corner.

    And these look delicious. I love anything with maple syrup and I'd love to munch on a handful of these nuts. Yuuu-UM.

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  4. We are channeling the same recipes! I literally just made a version of this, this weekend (and waiting to post on the blog). I used a Barefoot Contessa recipe, with rosemary and orange juice- it was delicious!

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    1. Ooh, can't wait to see! Great minds think alike. And by great minds, I mean you, me, and Ina Garten. ;-)

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  5. I have been seeing people make their own nuts all over the blog world and Pinterest and I need to just go ahead and make some. They all sound and look so delicious. Great job, lady!

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  6. Clair, you always make food look so pretty. I thoroughly enjoy reading your posts and recipes daily, just thought you should know :)

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    1. I'm so glad, Rachel! I follow you closely too...you're full of good thoughts to keep me inspired.

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  7. Oh my gosh, these look amazing! That gorgeous smell wafting from those street carts has me craving candied nuts pretty constantly.

    I'm really hoping spring is on its way! Although we are supposed to get snow this weekend...

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  8. Oh YUM! These sound heavenly!! I have been addicted to cashews lately. They are so buttery and delicious. With maple syrup on top, it's a win win!

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  9. I think I'm going to boycott the 70 degree weather that is upon me with this cozy recipe. Maybe then it will get the hint that it's at a minimum a month early and that it needs to give winter a chance.

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Thanks for making me smile. =)