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Recipe: Candied Almonds

Candied Almonds recipe, Christmas in Denmark

My parents’ neighbor Katte makes some really good, candied almonds. They are nice and shiny, covered in a thin layer of sugar, and it is completely impossible to stop eating them once you have started. In Denmark, candied almonds is mainly eaten throughout December, and as Katte mentions in the video below, they also make a really nice host/hostess gift during the holiday season. Put them in a nice jar, and decorate with a bow, and you have a gift that every host would love to receive. Candied almonds are a popular Christmas treat, but they can be enjoyed all year round, when you want to add something sweet and crunchy. Sprinkle the almonds over a nice dessert, or over a salad, or add them to your favorite granola, for an extra-indulgent breakfast.

Recipe Comments – Mitzie Mee Sanne: You won’t see the almond rubbing included as a step in many US recipes, but if you ask around among the grandma generation in Denmark, you will learn that this is how it is done (my mom also does it). Apparently, the purpose of the rubbing is to remove any dust or particles, and thus make it easier for the melted sugar to stick to the almonds.

Recipe and notes by my parents’ neighbor Katte

I trained as a smørrebrøds maker in 1977, and I also worked for half a year in a bakery. Then I got a job at Ågård Efterskole (a kind of boarding school in Denmark), where I was the kitchen manager for 34 years. At Ågård, the students had stints in the kitchen, one week at a time, for 6 hours a day, and I was teaching them practical kitchen skills as well as how to cook dinner. I had some amazing years at Ågård, but now I am enjoying my retirement, and I am only cooking for my husband and my family.

I prefer to cook the candied almonds in a Dutch oven, but you can use any kind of medium-size pot. You can also make the almonds in a frying pan, but then you have to be more careful, when you stir, so the almonds stay in the pan.

There are two steps in the process: First, the water evaporates and the almonds get covered in a white, matte, powdery layer. As you continue to heat up the almonds, this layer becomes nice, glossy, and transparent.

Remember to stir constantly, so that the almonds do not get burned.

Also, be careful not to get burned yourself on the hot, melted sugar. Only touch the almonds after they have been allowed to cool and set.

If you have a range hood installed, remember to switch it on, so the smoke alarm does not go off:)

Recipe: Candied Almonds

Recipe by Katte – My parents’ neighbor Course: candy, snacksCuisine: Denmark
Servings

1

jar

My parents’ neighbor Katte makes some really good, candied almonds. They are nice and shiny, covered in a thin layer of sugar, and it is completely impossible to stop eating them once you have started. In Denmark, candied almonds is mainly eaten throughout December, and as Katte mentions in the video below, they also make a really nice host/hostess gift during the holiday season.

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Ingredients

  • cup almonds

  • cup powdered sugar

  • ½ cup ½ water

Directions

  • Place a sheet of baking paper on the kitchen table or a baking sheet. This is where you’ll later let the almonds cool and set.
  • Firmly rub the almonds with a kitchen towel.
  • Combine almonds, powdered sugar and water in a Dutch oven (or a medium size pot, or a skillet) and bring to a boil at medium-high heat while stirring.
  • When the water has evaporated, the almonds will be covered in a dull, powdery layer. Continue stirring, and watch how the powder melts and becomes transparent and glossy. That’s when the almonds are done.
  • Pour the almonds onto the baking paper, and spread them out well, to avoid that the almonds clump together. You have to move fast during this step, to spread out the almonds before the sugar hardens.
  • Let the almonds cool and set, before you start separating the almonds that are still stuck together.
  • Transfer to a bowl or a nice jar and enjoy your homemade, candied almonds.

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