GOZINAKI WITH WALNUTS
Gozinaki (Georgian: გოზინაყი) is a traditional Georgian confection made of caramelized nuts fried in honey and usually eaten at New Year and Christmas. In this recipe we show how to make Gozinaki with walnuts.
Ingredients: 1 kilo of walnuts, 10 heaped tbs of honey and 2 tbs of sugar.
Preparation: Shell the walnuts. Add to a hot pan and heat on a low-medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Be careful not to burn them.
Remove from the heat and allow to cool a little. Remove the skins from the warm nuts with your fingers. Allow the nuts to cool and then chop.
Add 10 heaped tbs of honey to a pan. Heat on a low temperature, stirring continuously for 8-10 minutes. Check the consistency of the honey. It should be thick.
Reduce the temperature to a very low heat and add 2 tbs of sugar to the honey and stir.
Gradually add the chopped walnuts.
Continuously stir for 2-3 minutes.
Wet the surface of a wooden chopping board and wipe off any excess water. Add some of the walnut/honey mixture to the board.
Use the back of a wet metal spoon to flatten the mixture.
You can also flatten it with your hands (they must be wet). Complete the flattening process with a rolling pin that has been dampened with water.
Use your palms to straighten the edges until you have a square shaped block.
Heat a knife in a flame and cut the gozinaki into diagonal and then vertical strips.
Serving: Lightly dust a plate with sugar and arrange the gozinaki into a pattern. We made a Christmas tree pattern.
Enjoy your Gozinaki with Walnuts!
- Gozinaki With Hazelnuts (georgianrecipes.net)