Nuts are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, fiber and omega 3 fatty acids. For this reason, it is totally advisable to include them in our diet and eat them during breakfast or a snack, alone or with other equally beneficial foods, such as honey or natural yogurt. Likewise, they are widely used to make sauces for meat, fish and pasta.
In any case, walnuts are delicious and are a very versatile nut. So much so, that we can also make them caramelized, as we will see in this Free Recipes recipe. To prepare them we only need 4 ingredients and very few minutes, what more can we ask for? Keep reading, discover how to make caramelized walnuts and treat yourself.
Ingredients to make caramelized walnuts:
How to make caramelized walnuts:
Crack the walnuts carefully to try to make them as whole as possible, but removing their inner membranes.
Put a pan on the fire, add the brown sugar and, immediately afterwards, pour the water with lemon. Go stirring for form a light syrup without crystallizing. You can also make caramelized walnuts with honey by heating honey with butter and water in the pan.
Introduce the walnuts and stir with extreme care to avoid breakage. Then, add the butter and continue stirring so that all the ingredients are integrated.
After 3 minutes, remove the caramelised walnuts with a scraper or similar utensil and place them on greaseproof paper, separating them from each other to prevent them from sticking together.
Trick: Avoid putting the nuts on kitchen paper because they will stick awfully to the paper.
Once the homemade caramelized walnuts are cold, you can already consume them. You will see that something so simple and so quick to do will not go unnoticed, so this is an excellent idea for your Christmas menu. You can accompany them with some type of cured cheese and some grapes or you can mix them with natural yogurt. Likewise, you can serve the caramelised walnuts with whipped cream and prepare a simple and quick dessert.
Non-fried caramelized walnuts
This dry fruit so common in Christmas seasons is so versatile that you can consume it alone or with any food. By itself it already provides us with omega 3 fatty acids in large quantities, in addition to fiber, vitamins and minerals. Therefore, it is recommended to lower cholesterol, to supplement certain low-calorie diets and to prevent cardiovascular diseases.
Caramelized walnuts can be made with plain sugar, however, this would increase the calories in the result considerably. For this reason, we have opted for brown sugar, much healthier because it is less refined. Also, remember that you can make caramelized walnuts with honey, preferably pure or agave. Now, if what you really care about is the cooking method, you should know that you can also prepare caramelized walnuts without frying, how? Very simple, baked! In this way, in addition, there are crunchier nuts, perfect for chopping and decorating a cake, for example. In order to Make the Baked Caramelized Walnuts you just have to follow these steps:
- Prepare the syrup with brown sugar or honey without the butter, that is, only with water.
- Mix the walnuts with the syrup on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Distribute the walnuts throughout the tray and bake them at 180ºC until they are done.