Sage-Candied Walnuts

January 5, 2012


Author Notes: I have never been a particular fan of nuts. Cashews were all right in my book, but pecans? Walnuts? I didn't want them muddying up my breads and cookies. Everything changed after I tried The Nut Box's candied pecans. Glorious! I think the word "addiction" is appropriate, and now I find myself giving all nuts a second look. All I know about the pecans are the ingredients: butter, sugar and salt. This is my take on them, using sage and walnuts. (I got the egg white tip from Smitten Kitchen). Cristina Sciarra

Food52 Review: This is the kind of adult walnut confection that should be served at your favorite cocktail bar. Don't be afraid to up the sage by half or reduce the sugar a little depending on your taste. Either way, you'll be munching on these til kingdom come. Highly addictive.favabean

Makes: a baking-sheet full

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1.5 tablespoons sage, finely chopped
  • 5 cups walnuts
  • 1 egg white, beaten until a little stiff
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • a generous sprinkling of sea salt
In This Recipe

Directions

  1. In a medium pan, heat the butter over medium heat. Add the finely chopped sage, and cook for a few minutes, until fragrant.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the egg white. Add the walnuts, and toss. Add the maple syrup and the butter, and incorporate. Add the sugars, and toss until the walnuts are evenly coated.
  3. Preheat the oven to 300F. Spread the walnuts evenly on a parchment-paper lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with sea salt. Cook the walnuts for 30 minutes, breaking them up about every 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

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Reviews (23) Questions (1)

23 Reviews

Jharna H. November 24, 2016
Making these now, they smell amazing! Planning to serve them as part of a cheese platter, and as an accompaniment to a Maple Brown Sugar Pumpkin ice cream I made last night.
 
Connie B. January 19, 2016
These are fabulous! The only addition I made was a heavy sprinkling of cayenne pepper stirred in with the sugars. So good, it's really hard to stop eating!
 
Author Comment
Cristina S. January 20, 2016
That sounds like a great addition!
 
cosmiccook July 22, 2015
I take it the egg white should be beaten only a little; before soft peaks?
 
calangus February 5, 2015
Can this be made with dried sage? i almost always have dried sage in my cabinet.
 
chez_mere February 5, 2015
That should work fine if you reduce the amount to about 1/2 a Tablespoon and add it to the mix by rubbing it into the sugars with you fingertips instead of frying it in the butter
 
pen_drifter December 21, 2014
These are so fantastic. I'm using them as Winter solstice gifts this year.
 
Katie November 22, 2014
How long will these stay fresh once made?
 
Author Comment
Cristina S. November 23, 2014
Hi Katie, I haven't tested that, but I imagine at least 1 week.
 
Bevi October 27, 2014
Yum! Am making these for gifts for sure!
 
Author Comment
Cristina S. October 28, 2014
Thanks, Bevi! I hope you will!
 
Karen March 10, 2014
Yummy!<br />I need my toddler to eat more walnuts, these are a. hit!!!<br />I am going to try ground mustard instead of the ginger.
 
vrunka November 27, 2013
Oh, man, these are great. And easy, too. I saw the recipe highlighted on Food52 less than an hour ago and now I'm sitting in the kitchen trying not to eat them all.
 
Author Comment
Cristina S. November 27, 2013
Ha, excellent! I haven't made these in a while, but I think I will pull them out for the holidays.
 
Alicia V. May 3, 2013
Could I do this with Pecans? Walnut allergy... :(
 
Author Comment
Cristina S. May 4, 2013
Hi Alicia, I'm not sure how sage and pecans will taste together, but no harm in trying! Also, for pecans, I'm crazy about this recipe: http://www.nytimes.com/recipes/1014381/Sweet-Spiced-Pecans.html
 
mdm January 11, 2013
So delicious! Made a ton over the holidays, thank you!
 
Author Comment
Cristina S. January 11, 2013
I'm so glad you liked them!
 
chez_mere November 29, 2012
Any ideas for how almonds would be?
 
Author Comment
Cristina S. November 29, 2012
Hm. I might not use sage for almonds. I might try brown sugar, cinnamon, or even cayenne. I think I've seen honey and rosemary. Let me know how it turns out!
 
CharlotteR April 4, 2012
I made these this weekend and they were very well received. Next time I will double the sage and reduce the white sugar to around 1/2 cup. Thanks for the good and easy recipe - the sage and walnuts are a tasty combination.
 
hardlikearmour January 5, 2012
These look gorgeous!
 
Author Comment
Cristina S. January 5, 2012
Thanks! I am trying very hard not to eat them all! :)