I love glazed nuts in salads!
Here is an easy recipe that can be used to make any kind of glazed nuts. Walnuts are my favorite.
2 cups nuts (the cheaper “pieces” are fine)
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons of water
1 Tablespoon corn syrup (optional, but recommended to keep the mixture easy to work with)
1/2 teaspoon salt
Prepare the nuts by baking them until you can just smell them and they are cooked through. Sprinkle the salt over the top. At this point you could add any other dry flavors you want (cinnamon, cayenne… be creative).
Pour the sugar, water and corn syrup in a heavy bottom pan. Stir until combined and clip a candy thermometer into the pan. Stand there watching it (no leaving) until the thermometer reads “Hard Crack”.
If you want to add liquid flavor, now is the time (i.e. vanilla).
Pour the nut mixture into the hot liquid and stir to combine. Dump it all out onto a non-stick surface (I use permanent parchment or Silpat) and press to make it a single layer.
When it’s cooled, break it up and store in an air tight container.
CLEAN UP TIP: some instruments can be sensitive to a sudden change in temperature. Some pans will warp and glass tube thermometers can break. Let it all cool, fill it with water until the sugar dissolves, then clean with soapy water.
NOTE: This recipe can be multiplied. I’ve successfully doubled and tripled it.