Hello! How’s things with you guys? My week was a bit of a struggle if I’m honest, I just wasn’t firing on all cylinders, you know what I mean? Which is why I didn’t get around to writing a post before now.
Anyhow I’ve been busy busy creating for the Christmas Fare that is tomorrow! The last thing on my list to make was these cinnamon sugared almonds or candied almonds, depending on where you come from.
I’ve been making these for about 3 or 4 years now. They are fantastic to give as gifts at Christmas but I thought I would make them for my stall and see how they go. The only down side being that almonds and nuts in general, have become very expensive. Anyway, that being said here’s what you need to make these delicious nuts.
Oh and apologies for the use of cups instead of grams or ounces, but I’ve found with so many recipes now that’s what they use so I thought, if you can’t beat them, join them!
1 1/2 cups Almonds (skin on)
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
2 tbs water
Put all the ingredients, apart from the almonds, in a pan. I use my large frying pan (best not to use your decent one as the sugar really cakes onto it).
Heat on a medium heat until the ingredients melt.
Continue heating until it starts to boil. It smells heavenly and really gets you in a Christmassy mood!
Now put the almonds in.
Give it a good stir covering all the almonds. Keep stiring, this bit takes a little while. Eventually the syrup mixture gets thicker, you can feel the difference as your stirring. Once it starts to dry out, turn the heat off. The almonds will change from looking glossy to being dull in appearance as the sugar crystallises.
Spread out your almonds on a lined baking tray and put them in the oven at about 160 C for 10 mins. Take them out of the oven and allow to cool. Once cooled I put mine in a clip top jar (pre sterilised in the dishwasher) and they last for ages, well they would last for ages if we didn’t eat them so quickly – they are scrummy and also very addictive!!
There’s always some left over ‘cinnamony’ sugar which I like to put in a jar and use in my coffee mmm mmm!
Will you give them a go or do you have another recipe that you prefer? Looking forward to hearing from you.
Have a fab weekend. Much love ❤️