Every so often, we scour the site for cool recipes from our community that we then test, photograph, and feature. This one comes from beloved, late community member Kukla. We miss her contributions to our community, and want to continue to honor her memory by featuring her recipes, like this fruit and nut-packed candy that's sure to make the rounds on your table throughout the holiday season and beyond.
In Kukla's family, she was known for playing with recipes and adding her own touch even to traditional dishes, like this Gozinaki—a traditional Georgian candy made of caramelized nuts, usually walnuts, cooked in honey.
In this case, she caramelized the walnuts in a combination of honey and homemade pomegranate molasses, added dried apricot pieces soaked in dark rum and almond extract, and a chocolate layer, which makes the slicing a lot easier (and the candy even tastier).
Gozinaki is traditionally served exclusively on New Year's Eve and Christmas, but she liked to make them for Hanukkah and Purim also. This candy is a perfect holiday gift for friends or neighbors; it tasty, beautiful, and versatile—you can make gozinaki with all kinds of nuts or seeds.
For the Gozinaki
- 3 1/2 cups shelled walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped
- 12 to 14 dried apricots, each cut in 1/4-inch pieces
- 1 tablespoon good dark rum
- 1 teaspoon pure almond extract
- 2/3 cup honey
- 1/3 cup pomegranate molasses (I used my homemade)
- Pomegranate arils for garnish
Chocolate Ganache layer (makes 1 cup)
- 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder