Lorene’s Crisp Fried Walnuts

6 Cups Water
4 cups Walnut halves
1/2 Cup Sugar
Salad oil
Salt

Heat water to boiling. Add walnuts and heat to boiling. Cook for 1 minute. Rinse under running hot water and drain. Wash saucepan and dry well. In large bowl with rubber spatula, gently stir warm walnuts with sugar until dissolved. In saucepan over medium heat, about 1 inch salad oil to 350 degrees on deep fat thermometer. With slotted spoon, add 1/2 of nuts to oil. Fry for 5 minutes until golden, stirring often. Place walnuts in coarse sieve over bowl to drain. Sprinkle lightly with salt. Toss to keep nuts from sticking together. Transfer to platter to cool. Finished product will keep for 2 weeks.

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