Friday, June 3, 2011

Chocolate Dipped Maple Candied Walnuts

I wasn't very diligent about this recipe because I was sort of experimenting.  But, here's the gist of it.

Stacey's Chocolate Dipped Maple Candied Walnuts
~3c walnuts
~1c sugar, organic
~1/3c brown sugar, organic
~1/3c maple syrup
1/2 stick salted butter, organic
~2-3tsp cinnamon (it was a quick dash from the costco container)
~1/2tsp nutmeg (I used a whole nutmeg and a spice rasp until it looked like enough)

Chocolate for Dipping
~1/2lb to 1lb couverture El Rey chocolate (I didn't measure)

So first I threw the walnuts in boiling water for about 5 minutes and drained them.  This helps take the bitterness off the skins.  I drained them and threw them into a pot where I had the rest of the ingredients (minus the chocolate) waiting. I stirred the nuts over a flame until they reached about 250F.  At this point, the sugar started crystallizing in a weird way so I figured it was because the nuts were still wet.  I decided to finish them in the oven.  I spread them on a silicone mat on a cookie sheet and put them in a 275F oven for 10 minutes, then cranked the heat up to 300F for 18 more minutes.

End result looked like this:


I waited for the nuts to cool to about 100F and then I put them in a container to cool over night.  The next morning, I tempered some chocolate and threw about 3/4 of the prepared nuts in there. I gently stirred the nuts and chocolate until they were evenly coated.  Then I spread them out on the silicone mat and cookie sheet to dry.

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