Candied and Spiced Nuts – Three Flavors

Candied nuts and spiced nuts make a delicious snack or topping for various recipes. Crunchy and flavorful, they’re also a great source of protein and full of vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants. candied nuts finished lfinished spiced nuts

While nuts are a healthy snack as is, we’re adding extra salt and sweeteners with these recipes. That’s not a bad thing, it just means you probably don’t want to eat the whole bowl of candied nuts yourself!

toasted curried cashews wGive them away as gifts, or add them as ingredients in other recipes.  Try the curried cashews on top of chickpea curry or the orange honey glazed pecans on top of a citrus salad.candied nuts ready to serve

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Orange Honey Glazed Pecans

Makes a great snack or topping for a salad.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • ½ Tbsp frozen orange juice concentrate undiluted
  • 1 Tbsp grated orange peel
  • 2 cups pecans

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C).
  • In small saucepan over low heat stir together butter, honey, orange concentrate and orange peel.
  • Boil on low heat for 1 minute.
  • Add pecans, tossing to coat well.
  • Spread pecans in single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure all sides are equally toasted. Watch closely, especially towards end of baking time to ensure pieces do not burn. When done, the coating should be glassy. Once cooled, the coating should be hard and pieces should not stick to each other. If still sticky, return to oven.
  • Cool in pan. CAUTION, honey will be extremely hot!
  • Cool completely and store in airtight container for 2 weeks.

Notes

The extended baking time, helps to properly set the candy coating. Bake until candy coating becomes glassy and no longer sticky. If still sticky after cooling for a bit, return to oven.
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Candied Nuts

The candy coating undergoes a transformation when in the oven, it turns from a dull, buttery coating to a shiny glass like coating when given enough time. It does get a little tricky towards the end when you want to ensure the coating sets and the nuts don’t burn.  Here are a few photos of the process so you can see the stages the candied pecans will go through.

State 1 

The pecans are coated in a opaque, buttery mixture.

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candied nuts stage 1

Stage 2

Half way through the baking process the coating bubbles and becomes frothy, but is not yet clear.

candied nuts stage 2

Stage 3

During the final stage, the coating turns glassy. At this stage, I pull the tray out of the oven and see how the coating acts. I let a bit of it cool off the tray. If it becomes stringy and hardens, the nuts are finished. If it stays soft and gooey, it needs more time.

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Finished

Let them cool. Trust me, you’ll burn your tongue if you try them right out of the oven. Once they’re cooled, the pecans will harden and can be handled without being overly sticky. Store candied nuts in an airtight container for a couple of weeks.

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Such nutty goodness! I usually save these candied nuts and spiced nuts for special occasions, except the glazed pecans which are great on salads! Most days, when I’m snacking on nuts it’s lightly toasted almonds or seeds that I enjoy.

I also like to add toasted almond slices, sunflower seeds or pepitas to salads.  Here are tips for toasting sliced almonds and pepitas.

How to Toast Sliced Almondshow to toast almonds

How to Toast Pepitastoasted pepitas

Let me know which recipe you end up making and how you use them. Will you snack on them straight up, use them in a tasty recipe or put them in a pretty package to give as a gift?

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