Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Grandma's Walnuts

Better late than never, I finally have a contribution to Abbie's recipe exchange. I'm afraid that the old family favorites I was going to post about didn't get made this year. Might be because I had so much on my to-do list...

Anyway, I did make my grandma's candied walnuts. I saved enough to give away, although this picture is all I have left. :) I'm posting her original recipe, with my comments in italics.

Cinnamon Walnuts

1 cup sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
5 Tbsp water
2-3 cups walnuts They taste better if you use local nuts and shell them yourself. :)

Cook sugar, cinnamon and water slowly until dissolved then boil until syrup threads. (I use a candy thermometer and cook until 236-240 degrees.) Remove from fire. (I just take them off the stove.) Add vanilla and nuts and stir until nuts begin to sugar. (They still taste fine if you goof and put the vanilla in at the beginning.) Pour on buttered sheet to cool. (Separate quickly with a fork or they will all stick together.)


Abbie said...

Thanks for sharing, Donna! If you're ever looking for a variation to try, my sister-in-law makes maple walnuts using our own maple syrup instead of sugar.

Donna said...

Abbie: That sounds wonderful! I really love the taste of maple syrup. I just might have to try that next year! Thanks for hosting the recipe swap -- it was a lot of fun.

kale for sale said...

There's no way I could make these. I would simply eat every last one of them!

Donna said...

kale: And if you ate every last one, you'd pay for it later. :( I kind of ate too many last night...