Spanish Caramelized Almonds Recipe - Almendras Caramelizadas

Caramelized Almonds
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  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 1 cup (4 servings)
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Almonds are used in Spanish sauces, desserts and as a snack. A bowl of caramelized almonds can be served as a tapa or a dessert. Adding a touch of salt to the sweet coating can give that special touch. These caramelized almonds are so good that it's hard to just eat one...

What You'll Need

  • 4 oz. (110 g.) powdered sugar
  • 2 1/2 oz. (70 ml.) water
  • 6 oz. (170 g.) raw whole almonds
  • Optional: dash salt
  • Optional:1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

How to Make It

  1. Heat a large frying pan over a low to medium heat.
  2. Pour the water into the pan and stir in the powdered sugar until the sugar is completely absorbed. (If using Add the almonds into the pan and stir continuously using a wooden spoon.
  3. It will take about 10 minutes for the water to evaporate completely and for the sugar to caramelize. Once the sugar melts and caramelizes, keep moving the almonds until they are entirely coated. Then, tip the almonds out of the pan onto a platter to cool.

    Serving Ideas

    Serve these caramelized almonds by themselves, or add to a green salad. Coarsely chop and use as a topping for flan, natillas, or ice cream. Slices of Spanish cheese, such as manchego cheese with caramelized almonds makes a simple dessert for spring and summertime dinners.

    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    Calories 361
    Total Fat 22 g
    Saturated Fat 2 g
    Unsaturated Fat 14 g
    Cholesterol 0 mg
    Sodium 43 mg
    Carbohydrates 37 g
    Dietary Fiber 5 g
    Protein 9 g
    (The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)