As I stayed in my hometown just so happened to be the start of the Christmas market and I didn’t have to convince my mum and sisters to attend me. I love this time of the year then you can find Christmas everywhere because it is one of the nicer things about winter. I loved to stroll around, meet friends while buying christmas gifts and drinking Gluehwein.
Delicious smells are around you with every step you make and so it happened that we ate our way through the whole market and taking big bites from each others food.
This year we celebrated a month ahead because it will be first time in my life, that I won’t be at home for Christmas.
Again something which is not easy to translate, here some suggestions: cinnamon-sugar-toasted-roasted-burned-candied-almonds. Pick a word you like, they all sound somehow right.
You can buy sugar roasted almonds all year long on fairs but I always associate them with Christmas and making them let my whole house smell. I somehow started this year very early with Christmas but I will make a break for Thanksgiving.
Your pan will look awful, but don’t worry it is just sugar. Add enough water to cover the mess, reheat the pan and the sugar will disappear fast. Save the rest sugar from the baking sheet and sprinkle it over oats, rice pudding…
Try different nuts or seeds like walnuts, hazelnuts or sunflower seeds
125 ml water
200 g / 1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
200 g / 1 3/4 cups almonds
Preheat your oven to 190 C / 380 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Put the almonds on the baking sheet and roast them for 7-8 minutes. Save the parchment paper.
In a deep pan bring the water, sugar and cinnamon to boil over high temperature and stir well. Add the almonds and keep stirring. After a few minutes the water evaporates and the sugar turns into sand-like. Remove the pan from the heat and continue stirring until almonds are evenly covered.
Put the almonds on the (meanwhile cold) baking sheet and separate them while using two forks. Let cool. Keep them dry and cool but not in the fridge. Put them in a airtight container and don’t store them too long, the almonds can get rancid.