Monday, August 29, 2011

Candied Almonds

I'm sorry for the amount of posts that have been about sweets recently.  As Sumiko said on Friday, we're quite busy this week since our families are together, so our posts are limited to recipes we already have ready to go.  Therefore, you're left with these not-so-nutritional-but-still-oh-so-yummy recipes.  Which leads to today's recipe: candied almonds.  Almonds aren't necessarily cheap, but I like to keep them on hand.  They make great snacks (in moderation, of course)!  I usually buy them at Sam's Club (the unsalted ones).  I've found they're typically cheaper there than anywhere else, even when they're on sale elsewhere.  Be careful, though.  These candied almonds are addicting!

Candied Almonds
1/2 cup water
1 cup granulated sugar
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups raw, unsalted almonds

Line a baking sheet with wax paper.  Set aside.

In a medium saucepan, combine water, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. 

Bring to a boil over medium heat. 

Add almonds; stir until ALL the liquid is gone and the almonds are coated with the sugar mixture. 

Right after the almonds were added to the sugar mixture.

The sugar is starting to caramelize a bit.

We're just about there!

Remove from heat and spread almonds on prepared baking sheet.  Allow to cool 15 minutes.  Store leftover almonds in an air tight container.

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