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Spanish Caramelized Almonds Recipe - Almendras Caramelizadas

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Caramelized Almonds - Almendras Caramelizadas

Caramelized Almonds - Almendras Caramelizadas

Lisa Sierra (c) 2011 Licensed to About.com Inc.
Almonds are used in Spanish sauces, desserts and as a snack. A bowl of caramelized almonds can be served as a tapa or a dessert. Adding a touch of salt to the sweet coating can give that special touch. These caramelized almonds are so good that it's hard to just eat one...

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 1 cup almonds

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz (110g) powdered sugar
  • 2 1/2 oz (70ml) water
  • 6 oz (170g) raw whole almonds
  • Optional Spices:
  • sprinkling of salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Preparation:

Heat a large frying pan over a low to medium heat.

Pour the water into the pan and stir in the powdered sugar until the sugar is completely absorbed. (If using Add the almonds into the pan and stir continuously using a wooden spoon.

It will take about 10 minutes for the water to evaporate completely and for the sugar to caramelize. Once the sugar melts and caramelizes, keep moving the almonds until they are entirely coated. Then, tip the almonds out of the pan onto a platter to cool.

Serving Ideas

Serve these caramelized almonds by themselves, or add to a green salad. Coarsely chop and use as a topping for flan, natillas or ice cream. Slices of Spanish cheese, such as manchego cheese with caramelized almonds makes a simple dessert for spring and summertime dinners.

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