Just a spoonful (or two) of sugar and some water is all it takes to make these sweet, gooey Caramelized Walnuts.
Making caramelized nuts is one of the easiest things you could ever do. Seriously. It’s right behind breathing in the “ease” category. Maybe not right behind breathing, but definitely easier than patting your head and rubbing your stomach at the same time. You can caramelize any kind of nut, but I like to do it for walnuts that I put in my Maple Ice Cream with Caramelized Walnuts. If you’ve never done this before, never fear. You are about to become a pro.
First step: Put a frying pan on the stove and put two tablespoons of brown sugar and one tablespoon of water in it.
Second step: Turn burner on to medium and stir the sugar and water together. Measure a heaping 1/2 cup of nuts and get it ready to put into the pan. My gosh, aren’t those beautiful walnuts? You can chop your nuts first if you like.
Third step: When sugar and water become bubbly, add the nuts and stir to coat.
Fourth step: Keep stirring until most of the moisture has evaporated and all the nuts are thoroughly coated with gooey goodness.
Fifth step: Pour nuts out onto waxed paper that has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Why does waxed paper need cooking spray, you ask? Just use the spray. Trust me. Unless you like extra wax and fiber with your nuts, and you like trying not to say bad words while attempting to remove said nuts from the waxed paper. Not that this has happened to me. I’m just sayin’.
Now just let the nuts cool, and they are ready to be added to your ice cream.
Note: You may want to double this recipe, as it is very difficult not to eat all the nuts before they ever make it into your ice cream.
If you have a different way to caramelize nuts, I would love to hear about it in the comments!