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Crispy Sweet Walnuts with Sesame Seeds Recipe

Crispy Sweet Walnuts with Sesame Seeds Recipe

Crispy Sweet Walnuts with Sesame Seeds Recipe

Walnuts are a popular ingredient for sweet dishes in northern China, both for their great flavor as well as for their nutritional value. They have a relaxing effect on the nervous system and are often eaten to improve sleep. The recipe below is a traditional northern Chinese favorite dessert and can also be served as an appetizer or bar snack.

Ingredients :

    • 150 g (11/2 cups) shelled walnuts
    • 1 cup (250 ml) water
    • 3 tablespoons sugar
    • 4 tablespoons honey
    • Oil, for deep-frying
    • 40 g (1/3 cup) toasted sesame seeds

Method :

    1. Place the walnuts in a small saucepan, cover with the water, bring to a boil and simmer for 1 minute. Remove the walnuts with a slotted spoon, reserving the water. When cooled, peel off the brown skins.
    2. Return the peeled walnuts to the pan, add the sugar and honey, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 more minutes. Remove the walnuts with a slotted spoon and set aside in a colander to drain and cool.
    3. Heat the oil in a wok until medium-hot, add the walnuts and deep-fry them until golden brown, 6–8 minutes. Remove and drain on paper towels.
    4. When the walnuts are cool, place them on a serving plate, sprinkle with the toasted sesame seeds and serve.

Makes 11/2 cups
Preparation time : 10 mins
Cooking time : 20 mins