Simplicity: candied walnuts & spiced cider

Welcome to autumn, my favorite season! This time of year charms the senses and is filled with simple things. Two of my favorite fall snacks to enjoy in the afternoon or late evening are candied walnuts and spiced apple cider. I keep a sticky note of the walnut recipe on the inside of my spice cabinet so it’s easy to reference any time. It’s also a great little snack to whip up whenever unexpected guests drop by.

Candied Walnuts

Preheat oven to 350°(F). In a large bowl mix 1/4 cup sugar, a couple pinches of kosher salt and couple pinches of fresh ground black pepper.

In a large skillet heat 1 tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon water and 1 teaspoon olive oil over medium heat. Stir until combined, about 1 minute.  Add 4 cups of coarsely chopped walnuts and toss to coat.

After walnuts are coated in liquid mix place them in the sugar mix and toss to coat. Spread walnuts into a single layer on a cookie sheet and bake for 10-13 minutes, stirring once halfway through. To cool, spread walnuts out on parchment paper in a single layer. Enjoy!

The candied walnuts are great on their own but taste especially of the autumn season when paired with spiced apple cider. I like to jazz up simple store bought cider by warming it in the microwave or on the stove and adding a cinnamon stick and 3 or 4 red hot candies. Pour your spiced apple cider in a pretty little teacup and enjoy your autumn snack.

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