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12 Jan, 2005

These are not your Mamma’s nuts. They’re candied almonds!

Posted by andrea in: Recipes and Food

In a previous post Cindy mentioned my nuts.

It’s true what they say about them. They kick @ss. They are deceptively easy to make, and they are the perfect little thing to bring along to a dinner party.

I can’t take credit for this concoction. It’s from a collection of fancy recipes created by a rather well-known criminal, a woman formerly known as a top Domestic Engineer and media baronness. Hint: her name begins with M and rhymes with Partha.

3 tablespoons peanut oil
2 cups whole blanched almonds [Ed: Do yourself a favour and buy the blanched variety. You have no idea of the anxiety you’re going to experience if you buy unblanched and find yourself in a hurry trying to rub the skins off while you get ready for Big Office Party.]
1/2 cup plus one tablespoon white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
[I like a bit more]

Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the almonds and sprinkle the 1/2 cup sugar over them. Saute until the almonds become golden brown and the sugar caramelizes. [Ed: don’t check your email or leave the vicinity of the kichen at any point during this stage. Almonds will burn quickly! Just keep stirring.]

Remove the almonds from the pan and toss in a bowl with the salt, cumin, pepper flakes and the remaining sugar.

Serve warm or at room temperature. Store in an airtight tin. Makes two cups.

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1 Response to "These are not your Mamma’s nuts. They’re candied almonds!"

1 | Gwendolyn Gall

December 1st, 2011 at 8:13 pm

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This is very similar to a recipe by Patricia Wells, famous British cookbook writer of Provencal recipes. She doesn’t use blanched almonds–just plain old raw, whole. And they are delicious as is.

So, friend, don’t worry about having to do any rubbing!

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