Hello friends. Happy February. Hope you had a lovely weekend. We sure did, the highlight of the week was watching Kung Fu Panda movie. I love all the Kung Fu panda movies and watched every one of them. It is so easy to adore that Panda. The movies are funny, but if you remove the outermost layer of funny, there are so many underlying spiritual meanings in these movies, which, if you pay heed, are hard to resist. I found a few links to share with you (See here, here and here). Come back here when you feel like you need motivation and inspiration. So, in the Oogway style, “today is a wonderful day to have a wonderful day”. 🙂 Agree? Well, today is also a wonderful day to make some cinnamon spiced almonds.
These cinnamon spiced, roasted almonds are so addictive and hard to resist. If you are bored of eating plain almonds and are looking for a snack that has flavor, this could be it.
Back in India, roasted nuts invariably meant roasted peanuts. There would be street vendors selling these in the evenings in market places or near cinema halls. Then we were introduced to “Masala Kadala”, again made with peanuts, but here peanuts are coated with a spicy (read: flavorful) chickpea flour paste and fried. Back during the school days, it used to be our favorite snack to munch on.
Cinnamon spiced roasted almonds were a new thing for me after I moved to US. Munching on them became a habit 🙂 . Oh, the allure of nuts, sugar and cinnamon.
Cinnamon Spiced Almonds as gifts
The photos (one above and the one that is following) have a Christmas-y feel to them. I know what you are thinking, it is way past Christmas and all the gift-giving, gift-wrapping trends that go with it. I know it has been a while, but let me tell you that these roasted, spiced nuts do make a wonderful DIY gift too. This last Christmas, I made a few batches of these delicious roasted nuts and shared with my friends and neighbors. This is how I made the DIY gifts:
Those cute little bottles with tight lids are from Hobby Lobby. I also got some red satin ribbons to tie around the neck of the bottle and instead of bows, I decided to go with some flannel snowflake stickers. Pop some cinnamon spiced almonds into the glass jar, screw the lid on. Tie the red satin ribbon around the bottle’s neck into a cute little bow. Fix the bow or snowflake on the lid and your elegant gift is ready.
Using candy thermometer to prepare Cinnamon Spiced Almonds
As you will see in the recipe, I have mentioned the use of candy thermometer to check the readiness of the sugar syrup. Using the candy thermometer is a matter of convenience for me. While preparing these candied almonds, you should look for a soft-ball consistency of the sugar syrup. To check for the consistency of the sugar syrup without using a candy thermometer, follow the instructions given below.
At this temperature, sugar syrup dropped into cold water will form a soft, flexible ball. If you remove the ball from water, it will flatten like a pancake after a few moments in your hand.
I have been using a simple candy thermometer similar to this one for the past 3-4 years with consistent results. I could not find the exact brand that I use on Amazon, though.
Yields about 1 cup
These are addictive - Oh, the allure of almonds, sugar and cinnamon.
5 minPrep Time
20 minCook Time
25 minTotal Time
- 1 cup (about 200 grams) almonds
- 1/2 cup (about 100 grams) sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (adjust to taste)
- 1 teaspoon turbinado sugar (or any bigger granules) (optional)
- A pinch of sea salt (optional)
- In a thick bottomed pan, roast the almonds for 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and keep it aside till ready to use.
- In a small bowl, mix together the turbinado sugar and a pinch of sea salt.
- To the same pan, add sugar, ground cinnamon, coconut oil and 1/4 cup water. Bring this mixture to a boil on medium heat and let it simmer till the soft ball stage (Candy thermometer reads 238 degree Fahrenheit. See the blog post or recipe notes for more details). This would take about 10-12 minutes.
- To the sugar syrup at the soft ball stage, add the roasted almonds and mix well to coat.
- Keep stirring to roast the almonds till the water evaporates and the almonds start to lose the sheen.
- At this stage, if you are adding the turbinado sugar-salt mix, add it and mix again to coat all the almonds. Fry for another 2-3 minutes to ensure all the water has evaporated.
- Remove from heat and transfer to a plate or parchment paper. Break large clusters, if any. Transfer to an airtight container once completely cooled. This can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature.
1. Soft Ball Stage for sugar syrup - At this temperature, sugar syrup dropped into cold water will form a soft, flexible ball. If you remove the ball from water, it will flatten like a pancake after a few moments in your hand. Or the candy thermometer reads 238 Degree Fahrenheit).
2. This recipe can be doubled.
3. 1 cup= 240 ml.
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