Salty Maple Glazed Nuts

26 08 2011

Date night at home. It’s like date night out and about on the town, except that it’s more cost effective. I made these nuts to go along with some of the other nibbly bits we enjoyed for our night in.

Initially I just wanted something other than toasted nuts, but they turned out to be so ridiculously delicious that I think my friends and neighbours can look forward to receiving these as gifts for Christmas. (Yeah, that’s right, it’s August and I’m talking about my Christmas baking plans. I like to live on the wildly over prepared side of life.)

One final note: If you want to change these up, you could replace the salt with pepper, or substitute liquid smoke for the salt or pepper OR include the liquid smoke with the salt of pepper. There are just too many options!

Salty Maple Glazed Nuts

1/2 cup raw almonds

1/2 cup raw pecans

1/2 cup raw walnuts

1 Tbsp maple syrup

sea salt to taste

Place the nuts into a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Slowly toast the nuts until the start to smell fragrant, approximately 5 minutes. DO NOT walk away from your toasting nuts, unless you like your nuts burnt. Nuts seem to take forever to get to temperature but as soon as they do they quickly go from raw to perfect to ruined.

Once the nuts have started to toast, stir in maple syrup until the nuts are evenly coated. Season with salt to taste.

Allow to cool on a piece of wax paper or parchment paper.

To clean your pan: a kettle of boiling water will quickly dissolve the sugar stuck to your pan.

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