About Food – Gozinaki with Hazelnuts

Gozinaki (Georgian: გოზინაყი) is a traditional Georgian confection made of caramelized nuts fried in honey and usually eaten on New Year’s Eve and Christmas. In this recipe we show how to make gozinaki with hazelnuts.

Gozinaki - Copy

Ingredients: Half kilo of hazelnuts, 4 heaped tbs of honey and 1 tbs of sugar.

Preparation: Shell the hazelnuts. Add to a hot pan and heat on a low-medium heat for 2-3 minutes.

Heating Hazelnuts - Copy

Stir continuously with a wooden spoon to loosen the skins.

Loosening the Hazelnut Skins - Copy

Remove from the heat and allow to cool a little. Remove the skins from the warm nuts with your fingers.

Skins removed from Hazelnuts - Copy

Allow the nuts to cool and then chop.

Chopped Hazelnuts - Copy

Add 4 heaped tbs of honey to a pan. Heat on a low temperature, stirring continuously for 8-10 minutes.

Heating Honey - Copy

Check the consistency of the honey. It should be thick.

Caramelized Honey - Copy

Reduce the temperature to a very low heat and add 1 tbs of sugar to the honey and stir.

Adding Sugar to the Honey - Copy

Gradually add the chopped hazelnuts.

Adding Hazelnuts to Honey - Copy

Continuously stir for 2-3 minutes.

Mixing Hazelnuts with Honey Mixture - Copy

Wet the surface of a wooden chopping board and wipe off any excess water. Add some of the hazelnut/honey mixture to the board.

Adding Mixture to a damp chopping board - Copy

Use the back of a wet metal spoon to flatten the mixture.

Flattening the Hazelnut Mixture with a spoon - Copy

You can also flatten it with your hands (they must be wet). Complete the flattening process with a rolling pin that has been dampened with water.

Use a rolling pin to flatten the nut mixture - Copy

Use your palms to straighten the edges until you have a square shaped block.

Straightening the edges of the nut mixture - Copy

Heat a knife in a flame and cut the gozinaki into diagonal strips.

Cutting Gozinaki - Copy

Then cut vertical strips.

Cutting vertical slices of Gozinaki - Copy

Serving: Lightly dust a plate with sugar and arrange the gozinaki into a pattern.  We made a snowflake pattern.

Gozinaki Ready for Serving - Copy

Gozinaki Served at New Year - Copy

Enjoy your Gozinaki. Happy New Year!

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