Cherry Candied Almonds
This Cherry Candied Almond recipe is an excuse for me to combine two of my most favorite flavor combinations: cherries and almonds. I used brown sugar and olive oil for a more complex sweetness profile and just the right amount of almond extract to bind the cherry and almond flavor in holy matrimony. Try these as a relatively guilt-free vegan snack, add them to salads or sprinkle them on your ice cream.
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Cherry Candied Almonds Recipe3 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 Tablespoons cherry jam
2 teaspoons olive oil
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup almonds, raw and unsalted
½ teaspoon almond extract
1) Make a sugar syrup over heatIn a medium skillet, stir together the brown sugar, cherry jam, olive oil and salt over medium heat until the sugar melts and the syrup bubbles. This should take about 3 minutes.
2) Add the almondsStir the almonds and the almond extract until they're evenly coated and toasted. This should take about 5 minutes.
3) Allow the almonds to cool and hardenSpread the nuts out on a piece of parchment paper and separate using two forks. Allow the nuts to cool completely. Nuts can be stored in an airtight container for up to one month. This recipe makes about 1 cup of Cherry Candied Almonds.
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I didn't have almonds, so I used walnuts. Cherry walnuts sounded good. It was really easy, and I did use preserves, but the pieces were small enough to cling to the nuts. They came out awesome!
Hey! Those are my favorite flavors too!! (Well, maybe cherry & pecan tops it). But jam has cherries in it. Should I exclude the big cherry pieces when making this? Thanks.