Friday, August 30, 2013

Beer Nuts - Candied Sweet Heat Beer Nuts

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Now this was FUN!!!

And a unique taste twist on candied nuts.  You end up making a beer caramel sauce (which was delicious on it's own... wanting to try this on ice cram soon... But I digress).

You start making a Beer Simple Syrup, equal parts sugar and beer.  But, as you heat this mix to a candy temperature of 250 degrees, the mix begins to turn.  from a liquid to a thick syrup.  It looks difficult, but really simple.  Just keep stirring over heat until the thick syrup forms.

The beer taste stays in the candy nuts.  As always, when you cook with beer, the actual alcohol cooks out, just leaving the flavor.  Always chose a full of flavor beer, something with plenty of taste.  I chose a local (to me) Kansas City Boulevard Brewing Company's Amber Ale.  The Amber Ale already has a sweet nutty taste from the English specialty malts and German hops.  Made a fantastic combination, perfect for the nuts.

Speaking of the nuts... Of course this recipe works with any you might have on hand... Peanuts, Walnuts or my favorite combination... Pecans and Cashews.  But, adapt as you like both beer and nuts...

OK... Here's what I did...

Sweet and Spicy

  • 2 Cups Whole Cashews (Unsalted if possible)
  • 1 Cup Pecan Halves
  • 3 tsp Chili Powder
  • 3 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • Several Turns of a Ground Pepper Grinder
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Beer (chose one full of flavor, like a Boulevard Amber Ale)
Cooking Directions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees, Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Combine Chili Powder, Olive Oil, Cumin and Pepper in a small bowl and thoroughly mix.
  3. Add the nuts and stir to coat.
  4. Spread nuts on foil lined baking sheet, single layer and toast in the oven for 10 minutes, until fragrant.
  5. Meanwhile, in a heavy bottomed sauce pan combine 3/4 cups Beer with 3/4 cups Sugar. Heat over medium high heat until mixture registers 250 degrees on a candy thermometer, Stir continuously. As the mix heats it will take on a thicker almost a thin caramel texture. As it reaches 250 degrees it will become even thicker where it barely will pour from a spoon.
  6. Remove from heat and carefully add the nuts while continuously stirring.
  7. Spread the now sugared nuts on foil covered baking sheet, separating clumps.
  8. Let Cool Completely, break up any large pieces and serve with a cold beer... And ENJOY!!!


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