Sweet-and-Spicy Sesame Walnuts
- 1 Pound walnut halves, (about 4 cup)
- 1 cup sugar
- 0.5 cup water
- 0.67 cup sesame seeds, (4 ounce)
- 1.25 tsp cayenne pepper
- 0.5 tsp kosher salt
Preheat the oven to 350° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large, wide saucepan, combine the walnuts, sugar and water and bring to a boil. Add the sesame seeds, cayenne and salt and cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until the water is nearly evaporated, about 4 minutes. Lower the heat and cook, stirring constantly, until the walnuts are golden brown and sandy, about 4 minutes longer.
Immediately pour the walnuts onto the prepared baking sheet and spread in a single layer. Bake for about 20 minutes, until the nuts are deeply golden and covered with a sandy coating. Let the walnuts cool completely. Break any large clusters apart; transfer to a bowl to serve.