If you’ve never tasted this heavenly combination of sweet, salty, and spicy, you are in for a rare treat. My sweetheart brought me a package of these amazing spicy-sweet glazed nuts from a special shop and they didn’t last long! Here is the recipe so you can make them yourself.
2 cups walnut or pecan halves
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Cayenne pepper to taste
1. Put nuts in a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, until they are lightly browned and fragrant.
2. Add butter, stirring until it is melted and the nuts are coated. Add maple syrup, sugar, salt, and cayenne, then turn down the heat and cook, stirring, until the liquid has evaporated and the nuts are well coated.
3. Allow to cool, then store in a covered container. These keep for three weeks. (Hah! They’ll be gone in no time.)
Makes 2 cups.
By Cait Johnson, author of Witch in the Kitchen (Inner Traditions, 2001).