Sunday, December 13, 2009

Sweet and Spicy Almonds

I was given this recipe by my dear friend Sarah. I seem to have trouble creating a consistent outcome for these - but they are my favorite snack, so I continually try to make them correctly.

You'll need: (and the amounts are random as I don't measure for this recipe - likely the reason they rarely come out the the way I like them best - but no matter what you do - they will be delicious).
Two 6 oz. bags of Almonds
Brown sugar
White sugar
Cayenne pepper
Olive oil

Mix up in a big bowl, as you will be adding the almonds, to this bowl about
1 cup of honey
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup of olive oil
and then heat it in the microwave for 1 or 2 minutes

Toast the almonds on a baking sheet at 350 degrees for about five minutes. Don't let them burn.

Add the almonds to the hot sugar mixture and let the whole mixture cool for about an hour.
Spoon the almonds out of the sugary stuff with a slotted spoon and spread them in a single layer onto parchment paper.

Now mix up about:
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
a tablespoon of Cayenne pepper
a pinch of salt

Sprinkle this mixture onto the sticky almonds, let it sit five minutes or so and then sort of toss them around, you sprinkle more white sugar on until the almonds don't seem too wet. You can put the almonds into a ziplock bag and squish them around more, this way your hands don't get so messy. when they are ready, which means not clumpy yucky sticky messy - place them in gift bags.

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