Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Candied Almonds

Hope everyone had a great Christmas!  I know we did!  As part of our family gift-giving, I always make a little package of goodies for family and friends. This year, with the moving and work and everything going on I decided to go ultra easy and quick.  I made these secret turtle candies that I learned from my mother-in-law (sorry guys she won't let me tell you all the recipe) and candied almonds!  Those I can share with you cause I found them all on my own!

They are super duper easy!  It does take an hour and 15 minutes or so total to make, but most of that can be spend hanging out with the family or relaxing and recuperating from all the holiday festivities.  They are super tasty and very addictive and would probably make great snacks for a New Year's Eve party or a great gift to the host of a party you may be attending.  My main tip would be to buy the almonds at a bulk store or out of the bulk bins if your grocery store has them.  A pound of almonds can be kind of spendy this time of year!

Pre-measuring you ingredients saves a bit of time later!

Put the egg white, vanilla and water into a bowl large enough for all the ingredients.

Whisk until frothy.

Stir in the almonds and toss until well coated.

Fold in the sugar and spices.

Stir until all the almonds are well coated.

Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet for 1 hour at 250F, stirring every 15 minutes.

Enjoy!  But try not to eat the whole pound in one sitting! :)

Candied Almonds
adapted from this recipe

1 lb. almonds
1 egg white
1 tsp. vanilla
1 Tbsp. water
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

Preheat oven to 250 F.

Whisk together egg white, water and vanilla in a bowl large enough to fit all the almonds.  After whisked well and frothy, fold in almonds and toss to coat. Sprinkle on sugar, salt, cinnamon and cayenne pepper and stir until all the almonds are well coated.

Pour almonds onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and spread nuts into a single layer. (Don't skip the parchment paper otherwise you will have a super messy cookie sheet to deal with later.)  Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.

Allow to cool completely before eating...or you will burn your tongue!  Trust me, I know! lol

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