The weather is just opening onto that spring-hopeful thing where days are warm and nights are not, are just about freezing. And that, my friends, means it may almostalready be maple-sugaring season.
For that, or who knows what other, reason, I have been putting maple syrup in & onto everything lately. Not kidding. Today I have eaten maple syrup glazed on smoky tempeh, in a cole slaw, and on these walnuts.
They are so crazy easy to make and the payoff is major. I've brought them to two parties in the last few weeks and consistently everyone wants to eat them all. You will too.
I've just been eating them on their own, but they'd be great in a salad, or sprinkled on ice cream or yogurt or maybe practically anything else.
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon neutral oil or melted butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon (or to taste) red pepper flakes
2 cups halved walnuts
Preheat your oven to 325° F.
Mix the syrup, oil, salt, and red pepper flakes together and toss with walnuts. Pour the mixture into a baking dish and bake for about 30 minutes, tossing once or twice, until the syrup has hardened onto the nuts.