Vanilla Sugar Almonds
2 large egg whites, at room temperature
1 cup of white sugar
a pinch of salt
1 1/2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
41/2 cups of whole blanched or natural almonds (unsalted)
1/2 cup of melted butter
Pre-heat your oven to 325 degrees F.
Beat egg whites until stiff and add sugar, salt and vanilla. Fold in almonds.
Pour melted butter into a 9x13 pan and spread the almond mixture over it. Bake for 10 minutes, stir well. Repeat for 3 or 4 times for 30-40 minutes or until no butter remains in the bottom of the pan. Pour out unto waxed paper or parchment and seperate to cool. I cannot say how well these keep - we give most away and the rest disappear quickly!
1. The original recipe calls for a combination of pecans, walnuts and almonds, and omits the vanilla.
2. I sometimes add 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon to the recipe for a nice change.
3. Exchanging the white sugar for brown lends a sweeter, caramel hint to these addictive nuts!
Hint: This week I purchased wonderful fresh nutmeats at Sam's club - the almonds were $9 for a 9 cup bag, working out to about $3 per pound compared to $5+ at most of my local grocery stores. The big bag made a great 'double batch'!