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.

Gozinaki with Walnuts Ready for Serving - Copy

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.

Heating Walnuts - Copy

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.

Chopping Walnuts - Copy

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.

Heating Honey - Copy

Reduce the temperature to a very low heat and add 2 tbs of sugar to the honey and stir.

Adding Sugar to the Honey - Copy

Gradually add the chopped walnuts.

Adding Walnuts to the Honey - Copy

Continuously stir for 2-3 minutes.

Stirring the Walnuts - Copy

Wet the surface of a wooden chopping board and wipe off any excess water. Add some of the walnut/honey mixture to the board.

Adding Walnut Mixture to a Dampened Wooden Cutting Board - Copy

Use the back of a wet metal spoon to flatten the mixture.

Using a Spoon to Flatten the Walnut Mixture - Copy

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.

Using a Rolling Pin to Flatten the Gozinaki Mixture - Copy

Use your palms to straighten the edges until you have a square shaped block.

Straightening the Edges of the Gozinaki Mixture - Copy

Heat a knife in a flame and cut the gozinaki into diagonal and then vertical strips.

Using a Hot Knife to Slice the Gozinaki - Copy

Serving: Lightly dust a plate with sugar and arrange the gozinaki into a pattern. We made a Christmas tree pattern.

A Serving of Gozinaki

Enjoy your Gozinaki with Walnuts!

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