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Classic Walnut Gozinaki Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 2 cups walnuts, chopped
- 1 cup honey
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Pinch of salt

Special equipment needed:
- Parchment paper
- Baking sheet

Step-by-step instructions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2. Spread the chopped walnuts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and toast them in the oven for 10-12 minutes, or until fragrant and lightly browned.
3. In a medium saucepan, combine the honey, sugar, water, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves and the mixture comes to a boil.
4. Reduce the heat to low and simmer the mixture for 5-7 minutes, or until it thickens slightly and turns a light amber color.
5. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the toasted walnuts until they are evenly coated with the honey mixture.
6. Transfer the mixture to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and spread it out evenly.
7. Allow the mixture to cool and harden for at least 1 hour.
8. Once the mixture has hardened, break it into small pieces or cut it into squares.


Time:
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
5. Temperature:
350°F
Serving size:
Makes about 16 pieces

Nutritional information:
Calories: 170
Fat: 9g
Carbohydrates: 23g
Protein: 2g
Fiber: 1g
Sugar: 21g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- You can use any type of nuts instead of walnuts, such as almonds, pecans, or pistachios.
- Instead of honey, you can use corn syrup or maple syrup.
- You can use brown sugar instead of white sugar.

Variations:
- Add dried fruit, such as raisins or cranberries, to the mixture before spreading it out on the baking sheet.
- Sprinkle sea salt over the top of the mixture before it hardens for a sweet and salty flavor.
- Drizzle melted chocolate over the top of the hardened mixture for a decadent treat.

Tips and tricks:
- Be careful not to overcook the honey mixture, as it can easily burn and become bitter.
- Use a candy thermometer to ensure that the honey mixture reaches the correct temperature.
- Store the gozinaki in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Storage instructions:
Store the gozinaki in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Reheating instructions:
There is no need to reheat the gozinaki.

Presentation ideas:
Arrange the gozinaki on a platter and garnish with fresh fruit or herbs.

Garnishes:
Fresh fruit, such as berries or sliced apples, or herbs, such as mint or rosemary.

Pairings:
Serve the gozinaki with a cup of hot tea or coffee.

Suggested side dishes:
The gozinaki is a sweet treat that can be enjoyed on its own.

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the honey mixture is too thin, continue to simmer it until it thickens.
- If the honey mixture is too thick, add a splash of water to thin it out.

Food safety advice:
Be careful when working with hot sugar, as it can cause burns.

Food history:
Gozinaki is a traditional Georgian candy made from nuts and honey. It is often served during holidays and special occasions.

Flavor profiles:
The gozinaki has a sweet and nutty flavor with hints of cinnamon and vanilla.

Serving suggestions:
Serve the gozinaki as a dessert or snack.

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Region: Georgia

Taste: Sweet, Nutty, Buttery, Caramelized