Maple candied walnuts for salad

candiedwalnuts1.jpgThese sweet and spicy walnuts are great on a spinach salad! This is a small recipe - it could easily be doubled.

2.4 oz. walnuts
0.8 oz. maple syrup (a little less than 2 tbsp.)
pinch salt
ground pepper
pinch cayenne pepper

Preheat oven to 325°F

Coat walnuts with syrup and spices in a small bowl.

Transfer to a sheet pan with a silpat.

candiedwalnuts2.jpgTry to get as much syrup as possible to stick the the walnuts, but discard any remainder. Dumping it over them on the silpat isn't very effective, and mostly just makes a mess.

Bake at 325°F for about 15 minutes until golden colored, candied and bubbling

Based loosely on this recipe.