Honey roasted nuts are simply fantastic! The ones I will give you the recipe for today are sprinkled with Maldon sea salt and paprika flakes and I must admit that I ate quite a few before they were presented to our guests, when I made them for my mother’s 50th Birthday last weekend. They were to accompany the beautiful cheeses she had chosen, and we had a selection of soft cheeses, both strong blue cheese and more delicate ones. They turned out to be quite a hit, so I thought I’d share the recipe with you (it’s a really simple one!).
What you will need to make a nice big portion
Two handfuls of your favourite nuts
(I used one handful of hazelnuts, and one handful of walnuts)
Two tablespoons of honey
(It doesn’t matter what kind of honey you use. I like the more solid, strong flavoured kind of honey that my mother buys from her local beekeeper)
A sprinkle of sea salt
A sprinkle of paprika flakes
(If you are craving other flavours, just go for it! You can’t really go wrong with these nuts).
Start my measuring the two handfuls of nuts and put them aside while you melt the honey on medium heat. When the honey has melted, simply add the nuts and stir till they are all coated in honey. The mixture will start to bubble and look something like this:
Keep stirring till the honey feels sticky and thick, before pouring it onto a baking sheet. I’m using a silicone baking sheet because the nuts won’t stick so easily to it, but anything will do.
Sprinkle with salt and paprika flakes while the nuts are still hot, and leave them to cool completely. I know that it’s super hard to keep your hands away from them, but if you want to taste, be careful! They are hotter than you can possibly imagine (that is, if you haven’t already burned your fingers on hot caramel like me).
When the nuts have cooled completely, break them apart and place in a suitable bowl for serving.
If you are as nuts about nuts as I am, these will disappear in a heartbeat. Sweet, salty, spicy and perfect!