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December 7, 2023
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California Style Wet Walnuts – AKA Walnuts in Syrup

Walnuts are known for their crunch and nutritional prowess, but have you ever explored the magic that is wet walnuts? If you live in California, probably not. Despite the fact that the Golden State is responsible for 99% of walnut production in the United States, wet walnuts remain a southern culinary delight. Typically served at ice cream shops as a beloved topping of choice – they’re actually a versatile ingredient that can be used in both sweet and savory applications.

What is a wet walnut?

Wet walnuts are often used as a topping for desserts, ice cream, yogurt, or incorporated into various recipes to add a sweet and nutty element. The syrup imparts sweetness to the walnuts and can sometimes include additional flavors like vanilla or cinnamon. Many recipes call for the addition of high-fructose corn syrup. We’ve updated our recipe to include some golden honey made right here in California.

How do you eat wet walnuts?

Walnuts in syrup are an extremely versatile (and delicious) ingredient! Her are a few ways to use them.

Ice Cream Extravaganza: Turn your ordinary scoop of ice cream into a gourmet delight by adding a generous sprinkle of wet walnuts. The contrast of the creamy ice cream and the soft, moist walnuts is an unbeatable flavor combination!

Spectacular Salads: Give your salads a flavorful twist by tossing in some wet walnuts. Their rich, earthy taste pairs perfectly with greens, fruits, and vinaigrettes. Whether it’s a classic garden salad or a fruity summer medley, wet walnuts add a delightful crunch and depth of flavor.

Oatmeal Upgrade: Transform your morning oatmeal into a hearty breakfast experience by stirring in wet walnuts. The combination of the nutty walnuts and the wholesome oats creates a filling and satisfying meal that will keep you energized throughout the day.

Decadent Desserts: From brownies to cookies, wet walnuts can take your dessert game to the next level. Fold them into your batter for an added layer of texture, or sprinkle them on top for a delightful finishing touch. The moistness of the walnuts adds a decadent quality that dessert lovers can’t resist.

wet walnuts on a cheeseboard

Gourmet Cheese Board: Elevate your cheese board with the inclusion of wet walnuts. Their savory flavor complements a variety of cheeses, from mild brie to sharp cheddar. Pair them with dried fruits, and crackers for a sophisticated and crowd-pleasing appetizer.

Stir Them into Yogurt: Give your yogurt a delightful twist by stirring in wet walnuts. The combination of creamy yogurt and the moist walnuts creates a satisfying and nutritious snack.

Baking Brilliance: Wet walnuts aren’t just for topping – incorporate them into your baking for a burst of flavor. Whether it’s banana bread, muffins, or coffee cake, the addition of wet walnuts will have your baked goods standing out in the flavor department.

Trail Mix Triumph: Revamp your trail mix by adding wet walnuts to the mix. The combination of crunchy nuts, sweet dried fruits, and the unique texture of wet walnuts creates a snack that’s both satisfying and nutritious.

Wet walnuts are an unexpected delight that can add depth and flavor to a wide range of dishes. From breakfast to dessert, these versatile gems are a great thing to keep on hand in the fridge.

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California Style Wet Walnuts in Syrup

Alison Needham | A Girl Defloured
Wet Walnuts are flavorful gems that are not just a snacking delight – they're a versatile ingredient that can elevate your culinary game.
4.38 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 14 servings
Calories 290 kcal

Equipment

  • large skillet
  • large saucepan

Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 cups California Walnuts coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt fine
  • 1 cup Honey
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons Unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla Extract

Instructions
 

  • Warm olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add walnuts and cook, stirring occasionally until lightly golden brown—about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and remove from heat.
  • Place honey, brown sugar, milk, and butter in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Boil for five minutes, stirring frequently, reducing heat to prevent from boiling over as needed. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla extract. Cool for 5 minutes then pour over nuts. Store in a jar in the refrigerator, but serve at room temperature. Keeps indefinitely.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cupCalories: 290kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 3gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 93mgPotassium: 122mgFiber: 1gSugar: 36gVitamin A: 92IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 1mg
Keyword walnuts in honey, walnuts in syrup, wet walnuts
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