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Candied Walnut Recipe – Chinese Style

Crunchy and nutty, make this candied walnut recipe with just walnuts, sugar, and sesame seeds—a delightful Chinese sweet treat.

Candied Walnut Recipe: crunchy nutty walnuts coated with sugar and sesame seeds in a bowl.
Candied Walnut Recipe
Candied Walnut Recipe: crunchy nutty walnuts coated with sugar and sesame seeds in a bowl.
Candied Walnut

These sugar-coated walnuts represent a classic Chinese sweet treat. Whenever I grab a handful, it’s hard to resist indulging – they’re crunchy, packed with a rich roasted nutty flavor.

Back in China, you can easily find them in shops. Replicating them in my kitchen brings a comforting taste of home whenever I feel a bit homesick. And they are surprisingly easy to make.

Candied Walnut Recipe: Walnut halves

Walnut halves
  • Walnuts: Opt for walnut halves for the best results in this recipe. Chopped walnuts might be too small for each bite. Pecans are also a great alternative.
  • Sugar: Regular white sugar works perfectly for this recipe. You can use brown sugar if you prefer, but be aware that the coating might turn out a bit darker.
  • Sesame Seeds: In this recipe, I use store-bought roasted sesame seeds. If you only have raw ones, you can toast them in a frying pan. Just make sure not to toast them with the walnuts as they have different roasting times.
Candied Walnut Recipe: crunchy nutty walnuts coated with sugar and sesame seeds on baking sheet.
Sugar-coated walnuts

Step 1: Roasting Walnuts

  • Preheat oven to 180°C.
  • Spread walnuts on a roasting tray.
  • Cook for about 7-8 minutes until walnuts are nicely roasted.

Step 2: Making Sugar Syrup

  • In a saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar and water.
  • Stir constantly until sugar dissolves, turning into a clear liquid, then crystallizing into a golden brown syrup.

Step 3: Coating Walnuts and Sesame Seeds

  • Toss walnuts and sesame seeds into the sugar syrup.
  • Stir quickly to coat the walnuts.
  • Transfer coated walnuts to baking paper, separating them to prevent excessive sticking.
Candied Walnut Recipe: crunchy nutty walnuts coated with sugar and sesame seeds in a bowl.
Candied Waluts
  1. Watch the Roasting Time: Keep a close eye on the walnuts while roasting. They can go from perfectly roasted to overdone quickly. Aim for a golden-brown color and a nutty aroma.
  2. Careful with Sugar Caramelization: When making the sugar syrup, be attentive as the sugar dissolves and transforms. Avoid overcooking, which can lead to a bitter taste. Aim for a beautiful golden brown color.
  3. Quick Coating is Key: When tossing the walnuts and sesame seeds into the sugar syrup, work swiftly to coat them evenly. The syrup can harden fast, so speed is essential.
  4. Use Fresh Ingredients: For the best flavor, use fresh walnuts and quality sesame seeds. Fresh ingredients make a noticeable difference in the final result.
  5. Adjust Sugar Levels: Depending on your sweetness preference, you can adjust the sugar quantity in the recipe. Start with the recommended amount and add more if needed.
  6. Cool Completely: Allow the candied walnuts to cool completely before serving. This enhances their crunchiness and lets the flavors fully develop.

Create a delightful sweet treat with just three simple steps and four ingredients. Have a great time and Enjoy the deliciousness!

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Candied Walnut Recipe

For this candied walnut recipe, you only need walnuts, sugar, and sesame seeds – a delicious Chinese sweet treat.
Author: Lei
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Chinese
Diet: Low Lactose, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 200 g walnuts
  • 200 g sugar
  • 1/2 cup roasted sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoon water

Instructions

  • Roasting Walnuts: Preheat oven to 180°C.Spread walnuts on a roasting tray. Cook for about 7-8 minutes until walnuts are nicely roasted.
  • Making Sugar Syrup: In a saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar and water. Stir constantly until sugar dissolves, turning into a clear liquid, then crystallizing into a golden brown syrup.
  • Coating Walnuts and Sesame Seeds: Toss walnuts and sesame seeds into the sugar syrup. Stir quickly to coat the walnuts.Transfer coated walnuts to baking paper, separating them to prevent excessive sticking.

Recipe Notes:

  1. Watch the Roasting Time: Keep a close eye on the walnuts while roasting. They can go from perfectly roasted to overdone quickly. Aim for a golden-brown color and a nutty aroma.
  2. Careful with Sugar Caramelization: When making the sugar syrup, be attentive as the sugar dissolves and transforms. Avoid overcooking, which can lead to a bitter taste. Aim for a beautiful golden brown color.
  3. Quick Coating is Key: When tossing the walnuts and sesame seeds into the sugar syrup, work swiftly to coat them evenly. The syrup can harden fast, so speed is essential.
  4. Use Fresh Ingredients: For the best flavor, use fresh walnuts and quality sesame seeds. Fresh ingredients make a noticeable difference in the final result.
  5. Adjust Sugar Levels: Depending on your sweetness preference, you can adjust the sugar quantity in the recipe. Start with the recommended amount and add more if needed.
  6. Cool Completely: Allow the candied walnuts to cool completely before serving. This enhances their crunchiness and lets the flavors fully develop.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 627kcalCarbohydrates: 61gProtein: 11gFat: 42gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 28gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gSodium: 4mgPotassium: 309mgFiber: 6gSugar: 51gVitamin A: 12IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 233mgIron: 4mg

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