So here it is - the second of my attempts at a different type of glazed nut. I thought I'd switch it up with these walnuts and do a combination sweet and spicy. The brown sugar adds a wonderful dimension of flavor, which is kicked up by the chili powder and other spices.
These, as well as the other 4 variations, would be great in gift baskets for a foodie, or a great finger food at your next get-together.
Sweet & Spicy Walnuts
1 c raw walnuts (or roasted and unsalted)
1/4 c brown sugar
1/8 tsp cumin
1/8 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp salt
pinch of pepper and/or cayenne pepper
In large pan, combine walnuts and sugar over medium high heat. Stir frequently until sugar starts to melt. Lower heat, and stir continuously for 3-4 minutes, or until sugar starts to fully melt and cover nuts. Add spices and continue to cook for an additional minute or two, until nuts are well glazed and seasonings are well mixed in. Be careful not to burn! Pour onto sheet of wax paper on a cooling rack, and spread out. Allow to cool. Store in tightly-sealed container.