There’s something about this time of year that has been reaching for mixed nuts as my snacking choice, and really enjoying them in all their many forms. If I’m entirely honest, I should admit that I do prefer them honey roasted or salted rather than completely plain and, as it’s Christmas, we’re all going to forgive me that, yes? I know other people enjoy the flavours of the season too, so I thought it would be appropriate to add a little bag of homemade cinnamon sugared almonds to each gift, tying them up alongside each tag nestled on top of the presents. Who wouldn’t want a tiny something to nibble on while opening up their gifts? I’ll probably also pop a bunch of them in a bowl and put them on the coffee table for when we have guests over the coming week. And like so many of the recipes featured here, this is crazy easy and will take very little time to prepare. Enjoy!
180 ml water
300g granulated sugar
10g ground cinnamon
425g whole almonds
1. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
2. In a saucepan, combine the water, sugar and cinnamon over a medium heat, bringing to the boil.
3. Add the almonds.
4. Continue to heat the mixture, stirring constantly, until all the liquid has evaporated and the almonds are all covered in a thick, syrupy layer.
5. Pour the almonds onto the prepared baking tray, separating with an appropriate utensil as you go, and leave to cool for around half an hour.
Obviously, you can stop at this point, and enjoy these candied treats, but I wanted to share mine with loved ones, so read on if you want to do the same.
I bought some little glassine bags, filled them up with the almonds, folded over the top, punched a little hole in them, threaded some twine through and onto each present using the twine that tied up the gift.
Voila, an extra little gift for the ones you love!