It is very easy to make this caramelized almonds recipe with 2 ingredients.  You can eat them plain or use in your cakes, top your ice cream, etc.

Caramelized Almonds

I love caramelized nuts since I was a kid.   After learning how easy they are to make, I started to make them at home.  I use chopped caramelized hazelnuts in my cakes with semi-sweet ganache and they taste so good.  You have to try if you still haven’t.

I had almonds at home and I made them with almonds this time, which were perfect.

You can do it with almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios.   The ratio is same;  same amount of sugar and nuts.

Takes only 10 minutes to make.  The important point is you have to melt your sugar properly.  It is the first stage of making homemade caramel sauce.

You only need a big pan and a long heat proof spatula:

  • First, you should put the sugar in a big pan over med heat.  You need a big pan because later you will put the almonds into this pan.
  • Then you should swirl the pan so the sugar can melt evenly.
  • You may need to brush down the sugar crystals  that form on the edges of the pan with a pastry brush that is dipped in cold water to avoid crystallization.
  • When some parts of the sugar melt and become liquid and some parts don’t melt,  use your heat proof long spatula to put the melted sugar on top of unmelted sugar.  This step helps melted sugar not to burn but unmelted sugar to melt. You should do this steps gently and carefully not to burn yourself.
  • If there are still some unmelted sugar pieces, using your heat proof long spatula, start stirring, they will easily melt.

When the sugar melts and turns to amber color , immediately add in the almonds and mix with the melted sugar.  You have to make it quickly.

After you stir the almonds and sugar, remove the pan from the heat, and place them on to a parchment paper and then flatten them with your spatula.  Finally, using a sharp knife, cut the caramelized almonds into pieces as you like.

Enjoy!

Caramelized Almonds Recipe

These crunchy candied caramelized almonds are very yummy and easy to make.  You can eat them plain or use in your cakes, ice cream, etc.

Course Candy
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 400 grams (3 cups)
Author www.pastryandbeyond.com

Ingredients

  • 210 g (1 cup) granulated sugar
  • 200 g (1 and ½ cup) toasted almonds*

Instructions

  1. Put the sugar in a big pan over med-low heat, swirl the pan so the sugar can melt evenly. Brush down the sugar crystals that form on the edges of the pan with a pastry brush that is dipped in cold water. When some parts of the sugar melt and become liquid, and some parts don’t melt, use your heat proof long spatula to put the melted sugar on top of unmelted sugar. This step helps melted sugar not to burn but unmelted sugar to melt. If there are still some unmelted sugar pieces, using your heat proof long spatula, start stirring, they will easily melt. During these steps, becareful not to burn yourself.
  2. When the sugar melts and turns to amber color, immediately add in the almonds and stir with a spatula quickly but carefully.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and place the caramelized almonds on to a parchment paper immediately, so the sugar won't continue cooking in the pan. Flatten the caramelized almonds with a spatula.
  4. Using a sharp knife, cut the caramelized almonds into pieces as you like.

Recipe Notes

*If your almonds are not toasted, you can toast in a pan by stirring in every 4-5 minutes to prevent them burning. When they give off their aroma, you can take from heat. Alternatively, you can toast the almonds in the oven by placing them on a baking sheet at 350°F(177°C) until they give off their fragrance.

 

 

 

Caramelized Almonds

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