Sunday, October 10, 2010

savory sundays

This week I started looking ahead to the Christmas season and gifts of food for neighbors and coworkers. Mama and I have several fun recipes that are simple and yummy. One of the more addicting choices is today's selection. Mama came up with this Glazed Walnuts recipe because she loves honey roasted nuts, but just couldn't justify spending so much tiny amounts of them. While it's not the same as honey roasted nuts, she was delighted with the outcome. I love these and have trouble keeping out of the gift boxes once they are set up! Enjoy!

Glazed Walnuts

4 cups shelled walnuts
4 large egg whites
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup melted butter

Preheat oven to 275

Beat egg whites with an electric mixer until they form soft peaks. Gradually beat in the brown sugar and bet until it is stiff and glossy. Stir in by hand the butter. Then stir in the nuts, tossing to coat all. Spread into an UNGREASED 9x13 cake pan. Bake for one hour till meringue is dry - stirring at 15 minute intervals to loosen the nuts. Cool in the pan on a wire rack. Store loosely covered at room temperature.

- the oven temp is not a typo - it really is 275
- definitely do not grease your pan or your nuts will be ruined
- when you start the baking time, make sure to set timers for each 15 minute segment. It's really important to stir at these times. While the time passes, enjoy a cup of tea and a book if you can.
- this is fun for kids to join in the process - they get a kick out of how the nuts don't change and then suddenly they do.

For more recipes and great cooking stuff, check out the Weekend Cooking posts at Beth Fish Reads

...may there be mercy in the breaking of bread at  your table...


caite said...

Christmas? It's October!
My, you are very well
they sound tasty...yum

Beth F said...

I am so impressed with how organized you are; thinking way ahead. And I agree with Caite, I bet the nuts are really delicious.

auntie-c said...

Am only organized in getting Christmas and Hanakkah done early because I absolutely despise the insanity of trying to shop during the holiday season. Plus, I have a group of folks whom I simply adore giving little bits of myself in lovingly made gifts. Can't afford a ton, so I start looking at non-perishables on sale now.