Sunday, December 12, 2010

Day 12 of Christmas crafts- roasted almonds

  • ⅓ cups, plus 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup, plus ⅓ cup sugar (seperated)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups almonds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Use a heavy saucepan and a wooden spoon. First add the water, 1 cup of sugar and the cinnamon and stir. Bring it to a boil over medium heat. Add the almonds to the mix, raise the temperature to high heat and stir until the water is boiled away.The sugar will dry out a little but start to stick to the almonds. Keep stirring them around, so that the almonds don’t burn on the bottom of the pan.Turn the heat to medium-low, to keep the sugar from browning too fast. Keep stirring until the almonds start having an even shiny coat.

Now add in the rest of your sugar. Keep stirring, and add your vanilla. Stir until the almonds are fairly shiny, but still a bit lumpy. You don’t want them completely smooth. Then take them off the heat and transfer the almonds to a sheet of wax paper. Once they cool, if they last that long :) you can add them to pretty plastic bags and tie off with fancy ribbon. They make great gifts for the neighbors.

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