Caramelized Almonds are perfectly sweet and deliciously crunchy. With only four ingredients, they are super easy to make. I like to package them for an awesome holiday gift or serve them as an addictive appetizer.
Some years back, I made candied peanuts which were inspired by David Lebovitz’s Candied Peanut blog. In the blog, Lebovitz indicated that almonds could be used instead of peanuts. The candied peanuts were incredible, so I thought that the almonds would be just as good. I was right!
I used the following four ingredients for these delicious nuts: raw almonds, granulated sugar, water, fine sea salt.
The David Lebovitz recipe suggested using a wide, heavy-duty skillet. I ignored this when I made the candied peanuts, and discovered why a wide skillet should be used. The reason is that the skillet’s cooking surface is larger, and therefore the cooking time is less.
Making the Caramelized Almonds:
I started by heating the almonds, sugar, and water in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat.
I cooked the almonds, sugar, and water for a couple of minutes until the sugar melted and a thin syrup formed. As I continued cooking, the sugar crystallized on the almonds. At this point, I lowered the heat to medium low and continued cooking the almonds as the crystallized sugar began melting and caramelizing on the nuts. During this time, I stirred constantly with a silicon spoon to prevent the almonds and the caramel from burning.
After the nuts had cooled, I broke the clumps apart. I stored the Caramelized Almonds in an airtight container. All I can say is that these nuts are truly addictive! They have just the right amount of sweetness, and are perfectly crunchy. Yum!