Homemade Candied Nuts

How To Make Candied Nuts at home

Here are some quick and easy steps to make homemade candied nuts! We’re using them on a number of different things including breakfast and dessert which you’ll see over the coming days.

I am such a sucker for the candied nuts at the winter markets. Honestly I just walk past, grab a bag and leave, I always find the markets overcrowded now and you can’t really enjoy the time there. The best one we ever went to was in Budapest, a truly authentic experience and worth doing if you get chance.

How to make candied nuts…

Let’s get back to these nuts! I’ve seen a tonne of videos about candying nuts and the best way to do them, a lot say you just put the sugar into a pan on a medium heat and it starts to melt away….if only.

My first obstacle came when I realised we had no white sugar, neither do the supermarkets! So I didn’t want to go traipsing round to find some, I only go once every 7 days for essentials during lockdown. I suppose you have to be grateful for what you can get! And sugar is not one of those things!

So now it was time to improvise, we had some brown sugar in the cupboard, lots of recipes say mix brown sugar with butter and this and that. I just wanted straight caramel!! No added extras! There’s enough calories in that I don’t need to add more!! So I just winged it, made sure the hubby was on hand to help because with this recipe you have to move quick!

INGREDIENTS YOU NEED TO MAKE THE CANDIED NUTS:

  • Nuts!! And lots of them, any variety of nut you want!
  • (We used macadamia, almond and cashew)
  • Paleo Granola for texture, again, only if you want?!
  • 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/3 cup of cold water
  • Pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Chopping board
  • Spatula
  • Two forks
  • Measuring cups

METHOD:

  1. Start off by getting some parchment paper out and putting it over a chopping board.
Cashew, Macadamia and almond nuts.
  1. Tip your nuts and granola onto the chopping board. Chop into your nuts and granola so you get some big and small pieces!

*You don’t have to use granola, I just had it in the house and not a huge amount of nuts! Paleo Granola contains lots of nuts and seeds hence why I used it!

  1. Get a medium pan and put it on the hob over a medium heat. Tip in your nut mixture and stir for a couple of minutes until it smells slightly toasted. Once you get the toasted aroma, tip the nuts and granola back onto your board or into a bowl.
Heating up he nuts.
  1. Get your 1/3 cup of brown sugar and your 1/3 cup of water ready. Tip your sugar straight into the pan.

* To be honest, this is where my method differs to the videos I had watched. So many said that the sugar would just melt! Well mine didn’t! Tom came to the rescue with a 1/3 cup of water! Try this if your sugar isn’t melting – obviously if you have white sugar you may be fine.

Sugar in a pan.
  1. Keep stirring the sugar for a minute then add in your water. Straight away this will dissolve and bubble. Keep stirring!
  1. At this point get your sidekick to put your nuts into the bowl, if your amazing and can do this by yourself I applaud you!!
Stirring the Nuts into the sugar mixture.
  1. Stir and stir and stir for about a minute until all is evenly coated.
  1. Now tip them back onto the parchment paper that’s on your chopping board. Work quickly and separate all your nuts!
Separating the Candied Nuts with a fork.
  1. Leave them to cool. Leave them in natural light. No artificial light. They start to harden up really quickly!!
Sugar coated Candied nuts.

Once cooled you can use these for whatever you want! Tom is doing a stewed rhubarb and oat milk porridge so they would be amazing on top of that!

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Thanks again for reading my quick blog, and hopefully you find a number of things to use these tasty nuts in. If you wanted to watch a how to video with a bit of a twist, check out this guy…

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