Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Burnt Sugar Almonds

We made these and gave some of them away as Christmas presents but mostly we snacked on them all day long and put them out whenever people came over for dinner. They were super easy,really yummy and they are almonds, so good for you, right? We made another batch that had no vanilla and instead of cinnamon they had 3 types of chili powder on them but I liked the sweet ones the best.

1/3 plus 2 Tb water
1 c sugar
1/3 c sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
2 c raw almonds
1 tsp vanilla

Put water, 1 cup of sugar and cinnamon in a Dutch oven and stir. Bring to a boil over medium heat. As soon as it starts to boil add the almonds to the mix, raise the temperature to high and stir CONSTANTLY until the water is boiled away.

The sugar will fry out a little but start to stick to the almonds. Keep stirring them around, so that the almonds don’t burn to the bottom of the pan.

Turn the heat to medium low. Keep stirring until the almonds have an even shiny coat.

Dump in the rest of the sugar. Keep stirring and add the vanilla.

Keep stirring until the almonds are shiny but lumpy. As soon as this happens take them off the heat and spread them out on a sheet of parchment paper as much as you can. While they are cooling keep breaking them apart with your spoon until they are all separated.

Once they are cook store them in a dry closed container or bag.

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