Apple Pie Candied Walnuts

 Apple Pie Candied Walnuts - A true taste of fall; fantastic as a stand-alone snack, but super versatile as a salad topping, with yogurt or as an ice cream topping!

I think a little birdie heard me. Last week I was talking about how I loved getting packages in mail with my name on them. Well, it was just a few days later when my husband went to the door and came back with a shoe-box size package .. for me!  The return address was California. Hmmmm … I shook it, turned it over several times and tried to guess what it was, but in the end, I didn’t have a clue. When I very carefully hastily (like a wild animal! – photographer/husband’s edit) opened the box, I found a lovely surprise ………….. a humunga bunga bag of the prettiest, biggest, plumpest walnuts (organic English walnuts to be precise) I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting!

A virtual friend of The Café named Brit happens to have a walnut farm in California called Filmore Farms. She thoughtfully packaged and sent the beautiful walnuts via the U.S. Postal Service, and I happily received them ………….. and it wasn’t long before walnut creations began swirling and twirling in this girl’s head.

Apple Pie Candied Walnuts - A true taste of fall; fantastic as a stand-alone snack, but super versatile as a salad topping, with yogurt or as an ice cream topping!

 I’d made some candied pecans last week for a salad, and decided to use a similar recipe for these walnuts. I was in the mood for a seasonal twist, so I added a teaspoon of apple pie spice, a combination of cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and cardamon. It’s a delicious, warm blend of spices that is reminiscent of the classic all-American dessert it’s named after.
 Apple Pie Candied Walnuts - A true taste of fall; fantastic as a stand-alone snack, but super versatile as a salad topping, with yogurt or as an ice cream topping!
The recipe starts on the stovetop, where the walnuts are combined with butter, olive oil, brown sugar, honey and apple pie spice, just sauté until golden. They’re then transferred to a sheet pan and roasted until shiny, crisp ………….. and irresistible!

Apple Pie Candied Walnuts - A true taste of fall; fantastic as a stand-alone snack, but super versatile as a salad topping, with yogurt or as an ice cream topping!

 These Apple-Pie Candied Walnuts are delicious as a snack, on salads and as an ice cream, pudding or cake topping. They also make wonderful gifts, packaged in small clear bags with a pretty ribbon. Just be sure to make plenty as they’ll mysteriously disappear like hot cakes before they’re even cooled! Well, maybe your family is very well behaved, but that’s what happened at my house!
Apple Pie Candied Walnuts
 
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Recipe type: Snack, salad topping
Ingredients
  • 4 teaspoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 cup walnuts
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325˚F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or foil. If using foil, spray with cooking spray or lightly grease with oil.
  2. Combine butter, olive oil, brown sugar, honey, apple pie spice, and sea salt in a medium-size sauté pan. Cook over medium heat until bubbly and well combined, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add walnuts and cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring continuously with a heat-proof spatula or wooden spoon till golden and sugar mixture binds to the walnuts. Turn onto prepared pan, and working quickly, separate nuts with wooden spoon or spatula. Be careful the nuts will be very hot!
  4. Place pan in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until nuts are a deep, golden brown. Stir nuts occasionally during baking time, then spread out again to a single layer. Remove from oven. Cool completely, then store in an airtight container.


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