Thursday, August 18, 2011
I made an XL batch of candied walnuts for a going away party for one of our favorite neighbors, Eric.
I ended up eating handfuls of candied walnuts after I made them, so I think I ended up taking a M to L batch to the party.
I had to swat a few hands away from my nuts near the end of the party so I could take them home.
My favorites are the small pieces of walnuts floating on a sugar island.
Adapted from this recipe
Hmm... I just realized I didn't measure anything, so I will omit the amount of materials and just tell you how I made it, and probably did it incorrectly. Remember? Sugar + heat + I don't get along.
I toasted walnuts in a pan. Meanwhile, in another pan, I heated sugar, cinnamon, salt, milk until the mixture got all boily and scary and then I added vanilla and poured the entire thing onto the walnuts. I don't think it got to a "soft ball" stage because I freaked out.
Don't do what I did. Wait until you get to the "soft ball" stage and do what the original recipe states.
You'll probably have tastier nuts.
Mine were good, though.
I won't lie.
p.s. My batik napkin is from MargotBianca. She makes great batiks. I use some for my Travelers.