Servings: Makes 8 Servings
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Place walnuts on a baking sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, until fragrant and beginning to color.
2. In a medium skillet, combine sugar, 2 tablespoons water, oil, and cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and stir in walnuts. Cook about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sugar caramelizes and coats nuts.
3. Spread nuts on a parchment-lined baking sheet, breaking apart clumps while still hot; cool completely.
4. Remove stems and slice figs in half lengthwise. Arrange groupings of figs, cheese, walnuts, and crackers on a wooden board or platter. Encourage guests to combine ingredients on crackers.
From the August 2008 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
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