Autumn has officially arrived and summer seems a long time ago. It’s getting too cold to stay out at night, so we’ll cuddle up inside instead, in front of a nice fire or — if that’s more your thing — a Netflix series. But even though the temperatures have dropped, that doesn’t mean we can’t go outside anymore. On the contrary, autumn is arguably one of the most beautiful times of the year when it comes to nature (provided it doesn’t rain too much of course). One look at your local park or a nearby forest is enough to be overwhelmed with fall colors that will make you want to take a thousand photos to remember it all.
And if you’ve stepped outside like us these days, you’ve probably noticed the abundance of walnuts that have been there. Speckled all over, they wait for someone to pick them up and use them to cook some sort of delicacy. But what can you actually do with it? How do you make sure they don’t end up in the back of your kitchen cupboard? We searched and found three easy recipes to try, all fitting for this season’s crop.
1. walnut butter
Chocolate spread is nice and all, but it’s not exactly good for you. Want to try something similar yet completely healthy? Walnut butter is the way to go.
- Walnuts (as many as you like)
- A pinch of salt
- Peel your walnuts.
- Place the walnuts in a large bowl of water and soak them overnight. Dry with a towel.
- Spread the nuts on a baking tray and bake them in the oven at 200°C for about 20 minutes. As a result, they dry out a bit after all the soaking, but they also get a nice roasted taste.
- Put the nuts and a pinch of salt in your food processor and continue mixing until they have become a homogeneous paste. If you don’t have a high-end food processor, you’ll need to be patient and pause occasionally to make sure the machine doesn’t overheat.
- Put in a nice and clean jar, keep in the fridge and enjoy!
2. walnut crumble
Looking for a nice warm, seasonal dessert to serve your guests for dinner? A walnut and apple crumble is the perfect choice this time of year.
- 1 kilo apples
- juice of 1 lemon
- A splash of maple syrup
- 150 grams of walnuts
- 220 grams of flour
- 80 grams of sugar
- 80 grams of butter
- Cut the apples into small cubes and place them in a large bowl.
- Mix in the lemon juice and maple syrup (to taste) and pour into a baking dish.
- In another bowl, whisk together the walnuts, flour, sugar and butter. Divide over the apples.
- Bake in an oven at 180°C for about 20 minutes.
- Serve with some whipped cream or ice cream and enjoy!
3. walnut paste sauce
You can generally use them in a sweet way, but walnuts can also be used in savory recipes. Proof? This traditional Ligurian recipe!
- 200 grams of walnuts
- 200 milliliters milk
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 2 slices of bread
- 70 grams Parmesan cheese
- 20 grams of pine nuts
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Place the walnuts in a pan of water, bring to the boil and simmer for about 5 minutes. Drain and remove the skins.
- Put the bread in the milk and let it stand until it has become quite moist. Squeeze out the milk (don’t throw it away).
- Add the walnuts, bread and garlic and mix until you have nice small pieces. Now add the Parmesan cheese, a pinch of salt and the pine nuts and mix again.
- Add about 5 tablespoons of olive oil and some pepper, mix and mix in the milk little by little until you have a creamy sauce.
- Mix a little of the boiling water from the pasta before serving, so that you have a sauce that is thinner and easier to mix into the pasta.