Saturday, December 1, 2012

Sweet & Salty Nuts

3 tablespoons light brown sugar, 
2 tablespoons water 
1 tablespoon unsalted butter 
Large pinch of sea salt 
¾ cup nuts (pecan or walnut halves are best) 

Put the brown sugar, water, butter and sea salt in a heavy, non-stick skillet. Bring to boil, stirring. Boil for 1 minute before adding the nuts. Stir and toss until the nuts are thoroughly coated with a glaze, about 3 minutes. If they start to smoke, take them off before they burn. Transfer nuts to sheet of foil or parchment paper and quickly separate with forks. The syrup may seem a little chewy at first, but it becomes crisp when it cools completely. Variation: Add a little spice to the glaze such as ½ teaspoon of curry or cumin or ¼ teaspoon of cayenne for a little kick.

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