Fall has officially arrived and summer already seems a long way off. It’s too cold to be outside at night so we cuddle inside, in front of a cozy fire or – if that’s more your thing – a Netflix series. Still, even though the temperatures have dropped, that doesn’t mean we can’t go out anymore. On the contrary, autumn could well be one of the most beautiful times of the year in terms of nature (if it does not rain too much of course). All it takes is one glance at your local park or a nearby forest to be overwhelmed with fall colors that make you want to take a thousand pictures to remember.
And if you’ve been out these days, just like us, you’ve probably noticed the abundance of nuts there. Speckled all over the floor, they’re just waiting for someone to pick them up and use them to cook some kind of treat. Yet what can you actually do with them? How do you make sure they don’t get lost in the back of your kitchen cupboard? We searched and found three easy-to-try recipes, all in keeping with this season’s harvest.
1. Nut butter
Chocolate spread is tasty and all, but it’s not exactly good for you. Want to try something similar but completely healthy? Nut butter is the way to go.
- Nuts (as many as you want)
- A pinch of salt
- Peel your nuts.
- Put the walnuts in a large bowl of water and leave to macerate overnight. Towel dry.
- Spread the walnuts on a baking sheet and bake them in the oven for about 20 minutes at 200°C. This will dry them out a bit after all the soaking, but it will also give them a nice toasty taste.
- Put the walnuts and the pinch of salt in your food processor and keep blending until they turn into a smooth paste. If you don’t have a high-end food processor, you’ll need to be patient and take breaks from time to time to make sure you don’t overheat the machine.
- Put in a nice clean jar, keep in the fridge and enjoy!
2. Walnut crumble
Looking for a good hot and seasonal dessert to serve your guests at dinner time? A nut and apple crumble is the perfect choice this time of year.
- 1 kilogram of apples
- Juice of 1 lemon
- A dash 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 put them in a large bowl.
- Stir in lemon juice and maple syrup (to taste) and pour into a baking dish.
- In another bowl, mix the nuts, flour, sugar and butter together. Spread over apples.
- Bake for about 20 minutes in an oven at 180°C.
- Serve with whipped cream or ice cream and enjoy!
3. Walnut Pasta Sauce
You can usually use them in a sweet way, but nuts can also be used in savory recipes. Evidence? This traditional Ligurian recipe!
- 200 grams of walnuts
- 200 milliliters of milk
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 slices of bread
- 70 grams of parmesan
- 20 grams of pine nuts
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Put the walnuts in a saucepan with water, bring to a boil and simmer for about 5 minutes. Drain and remove the skins.
- Put the bread in the milk and let stand until it is well soaked. Squeeze the milk (don’t throw it away though).
- Put the nuts, bread and garlic and mix until you get nice little pieces. Now add the parmesan, a pinch of salt and the pine nuts and mix again.
- Add about 5 tablespoons of olive oil and a little pepper, mix and incorporate the milk little by little until you obtain a creamy sauce.
- Stir in some boiling water from the pasta before serving to make the sauce a little thinner and easier to mix with the pasta.