Saturday, December 17, 2011

Candied Almonds + Giveaway Winner

The winner of the National Pork Board Small Plate giveaway is Pondside. The entry was selected by a random number generator using numbers that ranged from 1 to 186. Details can be seen at the end of this post. Pondside, please contact me with mailing information. Congratulations!

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I keep these candied almonds on hand during the Christmas holiday. They are delicious and very simple to prepare. They add some variety to the usual cookie tray and they're healthier than many of the snacks we serve and eat at this time of year. The recipe is straight forward and you should have no trouble making them as long as you keep the almonds in a single layer as they dry. They keep well and can be stored in an airtight jar for several weeks. Here's the recipe.

Candied Almonds...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

3 cups whole natural almonds
1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt

1) Place almonds on a baking sheet and set them into a cold oven.
2) Turn oven temperature to 350 degrees. Bake almonds for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, so they brown on all sides. Remove from oven.
3) Combine butter and honey in a 2 to 3 quart saucepan set over medium heat. Bring mixture to a boil. Lower heat and cook for 2 minutes longer. Add roasted almonds and stir to coat well. Cook for 2 minutes longer. Using a slotted spoon transfer almonds to waxed paper to cool.6
4) Combine sugar, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. Stir in almonds and toss until coated well.
5) Arrange almonds in a single layer on a cookie sheet that has been covered with a non-stick cooking spray.
6) Place baking sheet with almonds under broiler for a minute or two to melt and caramelize sugar.
7) Transfer almonds to waxed paper to cool. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 3 cups.

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Ginny Hartzler said...

These do look really easy. I'm thinking they would make a wonderful gift, in a pretty jar with a ribbon around it!!

Elpiniki said...

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Schnitzel and the Trout said...

Love your recipe. Pondside, I am thrilled you won. Susan

Jeannie said...

I love almonds and I imagine these candied ones would be so delicious! Congrats to the winner:)

Becki's Whole Life said...

These sound wonderful. The maple syrup must add some wonderful flavor! These would make great gifts!

Sue/the view from great island said...

These would be gone in an instant in our house, and I would probably be tempted to put some of them into a chocolate bark! Have a great weekend!

Diane said...

Wow these would not last 2 minutes here and I doubt if N would have a chance to get near them!! Take care Diane

From the Kitchen said...

Congratulations to Pondside!! I feel like a winner, too, with this recipe. I happen to have a huge bag of almonds and a bottle of grade B maple syrup arrived in yesterday's mail. I think the nuts will be a delicious addition to our Christmas cheese tray.


Sanjeeta kk said...

These look so wonderful Mary!

igloo cooking said...

Me encanta tu blog que acabo de descubrir, así que me quedo a seguirte! Besitos,

Vicki Bensinger said...

I could eat nuts all day. I make candied pecans but haven't made it with almonds which are so good for you. Of course with butter it changes that a bit.

Love this recipe. I'll definitely try these since i have all the ingredients on hand. These would make a great holiday gift for someone special.

Thanks for sharing!

Pondside said...

These may be going to a party or two with me next week!
Thank you for the absolutely wonderful gift - I will head on to my email account and send you a note right away.

Angie's Recipes said...

What a coincidence! I made some candied almonds earlier today too and they are completely gone by now.

Kim said...

I love flavored nuts. It's perfect to nibble on!

That Girl said...

I love having nuts to snack on.

Alessandra said...

These almonds look super yummy and festive :-), and congrats to the winner :-)


Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

Who could not love candied nuts. I like spicy food so I add some cayenne pepper when I make mine.

Butternut Squash said...

I must try these. The kids would love them. Thanks so much.

Joanne said...

I bet these would be great mixed into salads!

tinyskillet said...

I love these spiced almonds! Perfect for company which we should be having plenty this time of year.

David said...

Mary... I love almonds and this looks like a great way for me to appreciate them even more than I have in the past! Thanks for the recipe!! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Rita said...

I usually make Tamring almonds, really want to try these.

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