Thursday, December 26, 2013

Easy Microwavable Candied Nuts

Candied nuts are so easy and so delicious. It's great on salads, as a snack, breakfast bowls, on ice cream, or use it as a favor for a party.
Grab a bag of baking nuts. These are raw nuts made for cooking. Do not use salted nuts, cocktail nuts or anything with more than nuts as ingredients. These are from Costco.
Pour 1 cup of walnuts (or pecans, macadamia nuts etc.)  into a microwavable glass bowl with a handle.
And 3/4 cup of sugar
Top the sugar on the nuts.
Add 1/4 cup water.
Pour right on top.
You don't need to stir it...
Just place it in the microwave just like that.
Set it for 6 minutes and press start.
In the meantime, lightly grease a flat baking sheet. This will help separate the nuts when they are done.
Check the nuts every 2 minutes or so. At this point, you can give it a nice stir to coat. Making sure the sugar-water made contact all the nuts. 
Stop again in a minute or two to give it a quick stir to combine.
This is about 4 minutes remaining.
You'll notice the sugar-water starting to thicken.
At the 2 minutes remaining mark, the sugar-water has clearly become carmellized. 
Work quickly to stir and return it back to the microwave for the remaining minute or so. 

Once fragrant, it is ready. If fragrant before the 6 minutes, stop the microwave to avoid burning the nuts. (If the nuts burn, they'll turn into a dark golden color and it will be sticky and shiny. You can keep it or toss it, its up to you.)
Cool completely, uncovered. It will be soft and stale if eaten warm. Once it's cooled, it will hardened back up and taste like candy! 
 Here is the finished walnuts at almost 6 minutes. 
You can also used pecans! Pecans are wonderful to taste and fun to share with friends. The only tricky part is that pecans can burn easy. So keep and eye one them and stir more frequently. 
Pecans on the left, Walnuts on the right.
These are the finished pecans. I think they could have cooked a little longer for a more whiter candied color.
Simple, fast, easy, YUMMY!
Just do yourself a FAVOR! ; - >

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