I was looking for a quick and easy homemade gift for the kids' school teachers this holiday.
In year's past, I've done craft parties with friends to exchange fun homemade gifts that we can give to all those who are special in our lives - school teachers, babysitters, grandmas and neighbors. Fun projects in the past have included magnets, cookie cutter picture frames, The Beekeeper's magnificent Sugar Body Scrub and lip balm, Mason jars filled with pregnancy tea and relaxing mama bath soak.
This year I decided on something fresh from the kitchen. Enter Heavenly Burnt Sugar Almonds, also known as Gebrannte Mandeln in Germany. I started seeing these pop up all across the internets here, here and here, and knew they were calling my name.
They were fun and realitively easy to make and turned out divine.
I will admit it took me a few tries to get it right though. The first batch was completely underdone. Something went wrong in the process. And the second batch was overdone, I was getting close to setting the kitchen on fire.
On my third try I got it right. Follow these steps precisely and you will be in Heaven with your perfect Burnt Sugar Almonds.
Before you begin, know that this recipe requires your undivided attention and a good dose of that characteristic we were talking about the other day, Sticktoitiveness. I hope you've been fostering the quality because you're gonna need it with these almonds. You'll be stirring the entire 30 minutes it takes to make this recipe start to finish. See what I mean about the Sticktoitiveness? It's a admirable quality.
Heavenly Burnt Sugar Almonds
1 3/4 C raw almonds
3/4 C sugar plus 1/3 C sugar (I used raw cane sugar and was quite pleased)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract (or 1/2 vanilla bean, center scraped from peel)
1/3 C water
1 tsp cinnamon
The Preparation Method:
Be cautious as you begin gobbling these little guys up. They are extremely hot and will burn every taste bud from your tongue if eaten too soon. Exercise restraint and wait until they are fairly cooled to try one. They are truly divine while still slightly warm!
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