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Candied Hazelnuts

Crunchy candied hazelnuts are very easy to make with only 2 ingredients!  They make a nice combination with ganache in my cakes.  They are perfect to eat plain too!

Course Candy
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Author www.pastryandbeyond.com

Ingredients

  • 210 g (1 cup) granulated sugar
  • 210 g (1 and ½ cup) raw or toasted hazelnuts*

Instructions

  1. Toast the hazelnuts in a medium pan at low heat. If you use roasted hazelnuts, stir in every 15-20 seconds to prevent them burning. When they give off their aroma, remove the pan from the heat and set aside. (If you use raw hazelnuts, stir in every 4-5 minutes. It takes almost 10-15 minutes to toast them.) Alternatively, you can toast the hazelnuts in the oven by placing them on a baking sheet at 350°F(177°C) until they are golden brown and give off their fragrance.
  2. Place the sugar in a big pan over medium heat. Don’t stir but swirl the pan to avoid crystallization. Swirl the pan and the sugar melts evenly. (If you see sugar crystals that form on the edges of the pan, you can brush them down with a pastry brush that is dipped in cold water to avoid crystallization). When the sugar mostly melts-it takes 8 minutes, put melted sugar on top of unmelted sugar with a long heat proof spatula. This step helps melted sugar not to burn but unmelted sugar to melt. (If you see unmelted parts you can stir with your spatula, they will melt immediately.)
  3. As the sugar melts and turns to amber color, remove the pan from the heat immediately and carefully add in the hazelnuts and stir until all the hazelnuts are covered with sugar. Place the caramelized hazelnuts onto the parchment paper and flatten with a spatula or spoon. Be careful as the mixture is very hot. Cut into pieces as you like with a sharp knife while still warm.

Recipe Notes

*You can use raw hazelnuts and toast them. Or you can use toasted hazelnuts. I use roasted hazelnuts and toast them again as I don't find the aroma enough. If your roasted hazelnuts are full of aroma you can skip the toasting step.