Different Ways To Coat/Carrmelize Nuts

Discussion in 'Pastries & Baking' started by valeriomarcello, Nov 13, 2011.

  1. valeriomarcello

    valeriomarcello

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    Hi! This is my first thread :)

    I'm sitting here eating a brownie I just made with walnuts thinking ----what could I of done to these BLAND walnuts?!?

     - Anyone know how to make a soft caramel that sticks to the nuts WITHOUT going all hard...just kind of sticky and smooth?

     - How to get a hard caramel to stick to them?

     - Getting a coating of burned sugar ?

     - Anything else?

    Any kind of suggestions/links are MOST welcome! :)
     
  2. jellly

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    I have candied nuts several ways and some are certainly quicker, but this method is my favorite - it results in nuts with a shiny exterior that has a great look and crunch.

    Boil walnuts for 15 minutes in water.  Drain and toss with sugar to coat.  Fry sugared nuts in oil (300-325) until golden.  Drain and sprinkle liberally with salt.  Nuts will continue to darken slightly when just out of the fryer.  Separate nuts on sheetpan while hot
     
  3. valeriomarcello

    valeriomarcello

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    Thanks!

    That sound different to anything I've tried before!

    Boil the nuts for 15minutes - but they don't go soggy?

    Would you use this method on other nuts than walnuts/pecans?
     
  4. chefedb

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    Toast spray while warm  with egg white, toss in sugar or sugar in the raw  let dry.
     
  5. jellly

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    Yes, they are totally soggy when they are boiled, but by frying them at a somewhat lower temperature, the sugar caramelizes while the nuts have time to get "toasted" all the way through.  They are very addictive, but so far I have only used this method on walnuts and pecans.