Baking: Caramelised Salted Peanuts

 photo 2014-03-16123433_zps1cbe0f7f.jpgBit of a short recipe today, but these are amazing and totally deserve their own post! I have a small huge love for foods that have a salty sweet combination, with salted caramel being a favourite. Add nuts (I’m a massive fan of praline) and I’m there before you can say “grub’s up.”

I first came across these lovely things when I made a rather special cake (don’t worry, the recipe will be up in the next few days – but as these can be made ahead I thought I’d post separately) and have made them a couple of times since just to eat on their own. The perfect combination of sweet and salt, crunchy without breaking your teeth, and great for a snack. Or on cake. Or as a topping to porridge (made with banana and peanut butter, obviously!). I can’t explain how good these are, you’ll just have to try them!

 photo 2014-03-16114324_zpsc9d72ab8.jpgThrow some salted peanuts (a good half bag) into a bowl with 2 tablespoons of icing sugar. Mix well to combine.

 photo 2014-03-16114644_zpsaf33601d.jpgAdd in a tablespoon of water, mix well then spread out on a tray lined with greaseproof paper.

 photo 2014-03-16121503_zps6e5edee7.jpg Cook at 180C for around 10-15 minutes, but stir every 2 minutes. Don’t let them get too dark (they will taste bitter) and don’t take your eyes off them for one second as they burn quickly!

These keep for around 3 days in an airtight container – use to top cakes, or as a slightly naughty but very yummy snack. Remember to keep an eye out for a caramelised peanut related cake!

Let me know if you make these – I highly recommend them!