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Almond Praline

  • yield: Makes one 10-by-15-inch sheet

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Juice of half a lemon (1 tablespoon)

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place almonds on a baking sheet, and toast until golden brown and fragrant, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven, and set aside to cool.

  2. Step 2

    Butter a 10-by-15-inch rimmed baking sheet. Spread toasted almonds in an even layer on pan. Place sugar and water in a medium saucepan; stir to combine. Place over medium-high heat; bring to a boil, brushing down sides of pan with a pastry brush dipped in water to prevent crystals from forming. Once sugar is dissolved, cook without stirring until sugar is deep amber. Add lemon juice; immediately pour over almonds, coating with a thin layer. If caramel doesn't cover all the nuts, tilt pan slightly to distribute, or stir in nuts with a wooden spoon, being careful not to touch caramel or hot pan. Cool completely. Gently twist pan to release praline. Break into pieces. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, November 2001

Reviews (2)

  • 1 Aug, 2013

    I graded this a 4 star, only because if you add at least a Tablespoon of Karo syrup then you will never have to worry about crystalization, honey will do the same if you have it on hand

  • 25 Feb, 2012

    I am halfway through making this recipe, and so far it really stinks. Where are the 1/2 cup figs called for in the shell ingredients supposed to go? I am really frustrated and regret trying to make this recipe.