Sunday, January 3, 2010

HONEY ROASTED ALMONDS...a sweet kick start for a new decade!


I had mentioned these golden beauties in the menu  for my Dad's 50th Birthday Party . These beauties are such simple li'l things which can give life to a party. I have had store-bought versions of it while I was studying in Bangalore and have always wondered how it was made without the nuts going soggy.

Recently, an old family friend of ours sent us a packet of almonds which were bought from Dubai. They were so so crisp and nice. But I am not a complete almond person. I'd prefer cashew nuts or peanuts anyday! Nevertheless, my dad and mom were raving about it's goodness. 


On the eve of my dad's birthday, they had gone out to finish some errands and I was thoroughly bored sitting at home. We didn't have good voltage ,so I couldn't bake anything.That was when I thought of roasting some almonds.





After reading through many many recipes, I zero-ed in on one. It was very simple and quick recipe!

HONEY ROASTED ALMONDS
Recipe source: www.cooks.com 

Ingredients:
Almonds-2c , whole with skin on
Sugar-1/4 c
Salt-1/2 tsp
Honey-2 tbsp
Water-2 tbsp
Oil-2 tsp

Method:

  • Spread the almonds in a single layer in a shallow ungreased baking pan and place in a cold oven. Bake at 350 degrees, stirring occasionally, until the internal color of nuts is tan (12 to 15 minutes). Remove from oven and set aside.
  • Thoroughly mix the sugar and salt. Stir together the honey, water and oil in a medium size pan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir in the roasted almonds and continue to cook and stir until all the liquid has been absorbed by the nuts (about 5 minutes). Immediately transfer to a medium bowl and sprinkle sugar mixture over all and toss. Spread on wax paper and cool.
  • Variations for the above recipe: You can try spicing it up by adding a pinch of nutmeg/cinnamon/cardomom etc.

I was pleasantly suprised how good almonds could taste this way!! The salt and sugar combination makes it so addictive! My guests were completely hooked onto it...requests for the recipe were flying at me! My dad's best friend even thought these were imported! Wee! What a compliment! :) This has become a firm favourite in my house. Mom just cannot keep her hands off it! :D




My sincere request to all almond lovers: Try these at least once in your lifetime, there is no better way of eating them! It is really delicious!

Now I am thinking of trying some with peanuts/ground nuts. Might have to vary the cooking time depending on the type of nuts used...so will keep you all updated about how it goes! :D


21 Comments:

MaryMoh said...

That looks very delicious, something that I would indulge while watching TV. I hope to make that soon. Thanks for sharing.

Swapna said...

That's an interesting recipe Ria...planning a party next week...will definitely try this one and let you know :)

Sushma Mallya said...

Beautiful pictures ria, & Wonderful way to start a brand new year...wish you & your family a very happy & a prosperous new year

s said...

i was just wondering what to do with the huge pack of almonds that i have lying around..this is just perfect!

Mother Rimmy said...

I can easily see these being a hit at any party. I've saved your recipe for my next gathering.

Bharathy said...

A recipe with a Classic touch as always!! :)..
I'm pleasantly surprised to know that Ree and You share the same space!!!...
Yours and hers were the ones I could think of...when I was scanning my mental disc!!...
Ree n Ria !!!What a Union!!! :)

meeso said...

I love almonds roasted with all kinds of different flavors, they are so good savory or sweet, anything... That looks so good!

Mamatkamal said...

Oh dear,I'm a very almond person,those pictures are killing me.

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

Hai Riaajiii.. :) this looks awesome..especiallythat glass vessel..its really beautiful.. :)

Tina said...

So cute and lovely....

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Such a simple and yummy almonds...
As always great clicks da:)

sowmya.s said...

i buy them from the stores..recipe sounds interesting..looks yumm

Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

Happy cook said...

Love love the pics, how did you get some so bright?
I have never made these at hom, just bought from the shops and when i buy them i can't stop eating, till they are finished.
I am sure gonna try this once.
You dad is only 50 wow he is young.
Belated wishes to him.

Resh said...

I am a nut lover! and these look fantastic. Great pic!

Lori said...

These look like the perfect party/snack food. They would go over well at the our big sports day coming up around here - Super Bowl! I need to try them.

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Yum yum.. I'm going to try this with peanuts instead... will let you know how it works out!

nisha said...

First time here loved your pics and specially the container you have used for almonds

Sara said...

These look SO yummy! Delish. :) Love the photos!

lisaiscooking said...

I'd love to try these almonds! The honey mixture sounds delicious.

♥♥♥Ria♥♥♥ said...

Thank you so so much everybody!!! All those who are trying it, do let me know how you liked it! :)

Finla- I took these pics outdoor, in my garden :)

Avanika- Do let me know how it goes, I am a hard core peanut lover! :)

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