Caramelised Almonds

Caramelised Almonds

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A simple recipe from Italy, where caramelised almonds are popular round Christmas. Great as part of a posh food hamper or to have on hand for guests. Typical mostly of southern Italian regions where the best almonds grow, this recipe for "Mandorle zuccherate" can't be beat!


Makes: 500 of caramelised almonds

  • 500g whole almonds, skin on
  • 500g granulated sugar
  • 500ml water

Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:30min 

  1. Place all ingredients in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir and cook until the water has evaporated and the mix starts crackling. Keep stirring with a wooden spoon so the almonds don't stick to one another. Cook until the sugar hardens, about 20 minutes.
  2. Transfer the almonds onto a cold work surface (a marble counter or slab, or a chilled plate) and space them apart while still warm, so they don't stick together.
  3. Cool and serve straightaway, or store in glass jars with airtight lids and keep for weeks in a cool, dark place.

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