Green Tea Walnuts

By ieatthepeach
April 28, 2014
3 Comments


Author Notes: Walking through the San Francisco Ferry Building one day, I saw a sign outside the Imperial Tea Court advertising "green tea walnuts." They were, unfortunately, sold out, but I had a tin of matcha (Japanese green tea powder) at home and I started scheming to make them myself. These are crunchy, rich, bittersweet, and quite sophisticated. The sugar here is an imprecise measurement, so feel free to adjust it up or down depending on how sweet or bitter you want your nuts to be.ieatthepeach

Food52 Review: WHO: Ieatthepeach cooks, eats, and writes out of San Francisco.
WHAT: A snack to munch on until the ball drops this New Year's.
HOW: Coat walnuts in a mixture of egg whites and water, season with Japanese green tea powder, sugar, and salt, and bake until brown and glistening.
WHY WE LOVE IT: These walnuts, with a flavor more complex than your run-of-the-mill candied nuts, are not too-sweet -- and that means you can eat more of them without getting bored. The green tea powder provides pleasantly bitter notes, and next time we make it, we'll experiment with adding an additional tablespoon or two of matcha for a bigger jolt.
The Editors

Makes: about 4 cups

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup raw (demerara/turbinado) sugar, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon matcha (unsweetened green tea powder)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 large egg white, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 pound (about 4 cups) raw walnut halves

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300º F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, matcha, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together egg white and water until thick and foamy but not stiff. Add nuts and stir to coat evenly. Sprinkle the sugar mixture over the nuts, and toss again until evenly coated.
  3. Spread the nuts in a single layer on the baking sheet. Bake, stirring every 10 minutes or so, for about 30 minutes, or until the nuts are deeply browned and just dry to the touch. Remove from the oven and let cool completely on the baking sheet.
  4. Once the nuts are cooled, go through and break up any stuck-together clumps. Transfer to an airtight container and store at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

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3 Comments

Jenny S. August 25, 2018
Loved it. Agree with the editors’ comment - will try some more matcha next time. Also, some clumps that happen to get a lot of the sugar mixture tasted a tad too sweet, so I may try reducing the sugar a bit too next time.
 
Melanie June 2, 2015
I just made these. They are excellent! This recipe is going on my Holiday food gifts list. Thank you for posting.
 
Beth December 8, 2014
ooh! i'll try it with walnuts and eggwhite... I'm eager to see how this compares to my success with carmelized almonds and matcha from Food and Wine http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/matcha-dusted-caramel-almonds