Glazed nuts, toffee nuts, caramelized nuts…whatever you call these sweet and salty bites, they are crunchy and delicious! And so easy to make. I mean really. These nuts come together in about 10 minutes. You can buy similar products in gourmet stores for outrageous prices that I never understand. Why should nuts cost 2 to 3 times as much because they have some sugar on them? Sugar is cheap!
I love these nuts on a salad, but they are delicious in just about any context. Chop and sprinkle them over pumpkin spice ice cream. Use them whole as a beautiful and delicious decoration for carrot cake or sweet potato pie. The spicy variations (see below) make great party snacks.
Just look how simple the ingredients are:
- 3 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- Large pinch of kosher salt
- 3/4 cup nuts (I like pecan or walnut halves best)
Note: This recipe is easily doubled.
Put the brown sugar, water, butter and kosher salt in a heavy, preferably non-stick, skillet.
Bring to boil, stirring.
The syrup may seem a little chewy at first, but it becomes crisp when it cools completely. The nuts keep for at least 3 days at room temperature and much longer in the fridge, but the real challenge is keeping them until you serve to use them.
Significant snacking will occur so make extra.