I'm really on a roll baking cooking with honey now! In the past two days I have made homeade granola, honey-roasted nuts and caramel corn (although not technically carmel, more like poppycock). YUM! I found a couple recipes on the internet for honey-roasting nuts and also for granola and those are what I used this time around - making only very minor changes.
The honey-roasting turned out to be super simple: Roast the nuts in the oven for about 15 minutes. On the stovetop, prepare a mixture of oil (I used buter), honey and water bring it to a boil and stir it until well blended. Add the nuts to the pan on the stove and continue to cook until the liquid has evaporated. Transfer it all to a bowl and toss with sugar & salt. Spread it out on a wax paper or parchment covered cookie sheet to cool. So TASTY!
For the granola, I specifically searched recipes for "chunky" granola. I love granola that is like nuggets that you can snack on as well as eat as cereal, but every recipe I've experimented always came out very loose. Sadly, the recipe I used did not come out very chunky either, although it was slightly less loose than prior experiments. It was, however, delicious anyway and I look forward to experimenting with granola some more.
Finally, the candied popcorn. So simple, so quick and so tasty! Pop up 3 quarts of popcorn - set aside. On the stove top, melt 1 stick of butter and add 1/2 cup honey. Heat and stir until they are well combined. Pour the butter & honey mixture over the popcorn - I did about 1/2 the popcorn, stirred well, then added the rest of the popcorn, poured more butter and honey mixture and stirred, then added 1 cup almonds and poured the remaining honey/butter mixture. Stir well, then spread in a thin layer on a cookie sheet. Put in a 350 degree oven and bake for 10-15 minutes.
If you have a granola or honey-roasted nuts recipe you'd like to share, I'd love to hear about it!