"Walnuts and pears you plant for your heirs." ~Portugese Proverb
I love these nuts. I could probably just stop there, end of story. However, these bite-sized glazed morsels are a little different in that the walnuts are first cooked in seasoned maple syrup and then tossed with spiced maple sugar. In a word: addictive.
The walnuts are divine on their own, but then consider, if you will, a cheese tray. The sugared candied walnuts go perfectly well with brie and a variety of stronger tasting cheeses. This time of year, I like to add slices of peeled blood oranges, sliced horizontally to resemble flowers, and slices of peeled kiwi, with both fruits adding vibrant color and taste.
When the holidays roll around again, the walnuts make a lovely homemade gift (that don't need to be made at the last minute), and are a nice addition tucked into a tray of cookies and candies. I also like the idea of accenting pieces of fudge with the walnut halves.
Last, but not least, the walnuts are sensational added to salads. I recently enjoyed a divine Spinach Salad at The Cactus Club in Vancouver. In addition to candied nuts the exceptionally fresh salad featured: Italian prosciutto, cabbage, arugula, pickled beets, goat cheese, thinly sliced pears, sherry vinaigrette, shards of Parmigiano Reggiano and decoratively finished witha heavy drizzle of balsamic glaze. I can't wait to reinterpret this salad at home.
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Maple Sugared Candied Walnuts