At home, the next morning I Googled cinnamon nuts, and came up with several different recipes, that all sounded promising.
If you're a regular reader, you know my normal way of dealing with this kind of a fork in the road, is to follow each path, one by one, until I hit on the one I'm looking for.
But, almonds are not exactly inexpensive treats, and I have a limited nut allotment in my holiday budget. So, figuring in the pecans, I had left over from Thanksgiving, and the peanut brittle, I'd still like to make, I settled on two recipes to try, and hoped for the best.
For the first, and fastest of the two, I used my leftover pecans. I halved the recipe from epicurean.com, and used:
- 1/8 cup evaporated milk
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 and 1/2 cups pecans.
Following the recipe directions, I mixed all the ingredients together in a sauce pan, over medium heat, and stirred, until the sugar was dissolved, and the butter melted. Then, I added the nuts, and continued to stir, until all the syrup was gone from the pan. With such a small amount, it didn't take long at all - only a minute, or so.
Then, I spread them out on wax paper, and let them cool.
They were delicious, but not at all like the candies from the Christmas tree lighting. Instead of candy coated, they were more, or less cinnamon glazed. Kind of like a pecan pie, without the pie. Still very good, and not as sticky, as you might expect, but not quite what I was after.
So, undaunted, I proceeded with the second recipe. This time I used almonds, and a recipe from allrecipes.com, though I modified it according to some of the suggestions in the comments there, ending up with:
- 1 egg white
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 cups of whole, unsalted, almonds
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
Again, following the recipe directions, I beat the egg white until frothy, but not stiff...
Then, I spread them out in a single layer in a greased, cake pan, and placed them in a 250 degree Fahrenheit oven, for 1 and 1/2 hours, stirring them every 15 minutes.
It was certainly more time consuming, but the smell was wonderful, to say the least, and I was rewarded with a near success. This recipe is good, very good even, bordering on addictive actually, but not quite the magical, "Turkish delight" sort of wonderful, I'm looking for.
I'm sensing the birth of a new holiday quest. Next year the nut budget will have to be enlarged. I might have to think about taking a summer job...I wonder if the candy store will be hiring?
It's great to be a homeschooler.