My mother in law makes the best candied nuts, and therefore she inspired me to try to make my own. My experimental nut candying has yielded nuts that are holiday-ish (but also year-round-ish, let me tell you). I very well could have used solely maple syrup, nuts and sea salt, but if you want to get all fancy (like yours truly), adding some spices gives these a nice uniqueness. These are delightfully and naturally sweet, and have an amazing kick, with cayenne providing a spicy aftertaste! Disclaimer: these are diabolically addictive.
Sugar, spice and everything nuts!
Sweet & Spicay Nuts
- 4 cups mixed nuts (I used pecans, walnuts, Brazil nuts, almonds, hazelnuts and cashews – but you could use only 1 type of nuts if you like)
- 1 cup 100% natural maple syrup
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
- 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper lined with oil.
- In a medium-large bowl, combine all nuts.
- In a skillet, add the maple syrup and all the spices and cook until bubbling (about 5-10 minutes).
- Pour over the nuts.
- Place on the baking sheet, spread them in a single layer.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until nuts are dark gold. Remove from oven.
- Allow nuts to cool, this concoction will form a sort of brittle. Subsequently break apart.
- Store in a cool and dry place.
- Go nuts!
N.B. These taste best when warm and fresh out of the oven.