Sweet and Savory Ways to Cook with Walnuts

Last Updated November 28, 2017
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It's hard to imagine a beet and goat cheese salad without walnuts. Same for a fresh-from-the-oven loaf of banana bread. If you think walnuts make everything better, these nut-filled dishes will prove you right. 

Black Walnut Baklava

Native black walnuts replace pistachios in this unusual and absolutely delicious baklava recipe developed by pastry chef Maura Kilpatrick at award-winning Oleana restaurant in Cambridge, Massachusetts...


“My mom used to make this recipe in the fall. You can use either fuyu or hachiya persimmons. And they make great holiday gifts when baked in mini loaf pans.” ~ Robin Ross, Owner  and Chef...

Walnut Chocolate Chip Biscotti

Chocolate Chip walnut biscotti on a baking rack with black background
These twice-baked cookies add a flavorful crunch to a cookie swap, they store well and go great with coffee. Want even more deliciousness? Dip one end in melted white chocolate. Bring these crunchy...

Black Walnut Cinnamon Buns

Black Walnut Cinnamon Buns
The black walnut tree down our gravel driveway was heavily laden with a bumper crop this year. I love the oily rich and smoky flavor of this uniquely American ingredient and think it is ideally suited...

Banana Walnut Muffins with Salted Tops

These tender muffins get plenty of sweetness and moistness from mashed bananas...and the sprinkling of sugar and coarse salt make a delicious and unusual topping.

Gravenstein Apple and Chevre Pizza with Toasted Walnuts and Prosciutto

Gravenstein Apple and Chevre Pizza with Toasted Walnuts and Prosciutto
As we covered in the Summer 2015 issue of Edible Marin & Wine Country, Gravenstein apples are an heirloom varietal that was once a major food product in Sonoma County. The Slow Food movement has...

Kale, Fig, and Walnut Risotto

Kale, Fig, and Walnut Risotto
I created this recipe because I got bored of mushroom risotto. Make it on a “date night” or double and triple it for a dinner party.

Red Pepper and Walnut Crema

Reprinted with permission from Home Cooked: Essential Recipes for a New Way to Cook by Anya Fernald with Jessica Battilana, copyright © 2016. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin...

Black Walnut Wild Rice

Black Walnut Wild Rice
Black walnuts have a very bold and earthy. They work best in recipes without competing flavors. You can also easily add them to salad, cereal, brownie mix, or sprinkled on ice cream or yogurt.
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