These caramelized, candied nuts (walnuts & pecans) are an awesomely delicious treat.
Toss them with salads, over popcorn, with ice cream, with a bowl of oatmeal or straight into your mouth.
Their so sweet, crunchy and deliciously yummy.
This stovetop method for making candied nuts is so easy, as everything goes into the pan at once. Everything is done in about 10 minutes.
The stovetop method is quick, but can easily burn the nuts if you’re not careful.
Use a cast iron skillet or another heavy-bottomed pan that heats up slowly and evenly.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do I have to pre-toast the nuts before candying them in a skillet on the stovetop?
No. Making candied nuts in a skillet on the stovetop toasts the nuts at the same time you are candying them.
2. Do nuts need to be activated or soaked before eating them?
No, you don’t need to activate or soak nuts before eating them.
Some people suggest that activating or soaking nuts breaks down some of the proteins, starches, oils and other nutrients, like phytates, making them more digestible.
But scientific research has found no evidence that activating nuts makes the nutrients in nuts any better absorbed by the body.
It has shown though, that the minerals iron, calcium and zinc, are leached out of the nuts during the soaking process.
Stovetop Candied Walnuts & Pecans
2 cup walnut and pecan halves
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons butter, unsalted
Melt butter in a medium non-stick skillet over medium heat.
When butter is melted add nuts and stir to coat with butter.
Next add brown sugar and stir until well coated, about 2 – 3 minutes.
Remove from heat and spread candied nuts on a piece of parchment paper to cool for at least 10 minutes.
Store nuts in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer. Nuts can be refrigerated for up to four months and frozen for up to six months.
Bring them back to room temperature before eating to enhance their nutty flavor.
Use Your Roasted Nuts With These Recipes & To Top With These Salads.
- Roasted Butternut Squash with Apples Cranberries and Candied Walnuts
- Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with a Apple Maple Vinaigrette
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