Christmas Italian Recipe Italian Dessert

ITALIAN ALMOND CRUNCH (CROCCANTE DI MANDORLE)

Croccante is great party food.

For gift giving, pile it into a fancy candy dish or decorative jar.

 

MAKES ABOUT 3 DOZEN

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 cups blanched whole almonds
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

 

METHOD

Brush a marble slab or cookie sheet with the oil.

Place all the remaining ingredients in a heavy nonstick saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.
 
Cook, stirring, for about 15 minutes, or until the syrup has turned a deep caramel color and is very foamy; it should register 300°F on a candy thermometer.

Immediately pour the mixture out onto the oiled slab or cookie sheet, spreading it evenly with the spoon.
Let cool completely.

Cut the croccante into rough 1-inch pieces with a heavy knife.
 
Store in airtight jars.
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