Cinnamon Roasted Almonds

These last couple of months have been such a blur of activity and it is hard to believe Christmas in only 4 days away.  Joel has been working day and night and all my time has been devoted to keeping home life running smoothly.  Plus I have been busy in the kitchen baking Christmas gifts, cooking food for a number of end of year break-ups and parties plus a Tea For Six stall at our local Christmas carols.

We did steal a mini holiday and escape to Noosa on the weekend which was quick but absolute bliss.  The kids had an early morning swim, mum and I sipped lattes and Joel grabbed any spare moment there was to teach the older kids how to play Christmas carols on the ukulele which they have mastered very quickly!

Christmas is by far my favourite time of year and is my favourite food to make.  As we are going away for Christmas and I’m not in the kitchen cooking up the big Christmas day feast on the actual day I do feel somewhat displaced this year.  However I will still cook my favourite turkey with prune and chestnut stuffing for a Christmas eve feast before we board the plane go to Cairns.  And my mum is making her delicious Christmas pudding for Christmas eve dessert which I am looking forward to.  Plus I have been churning out batches of Caramelised Onions, Pecan & Coconut Biscotti, Rocky Road, Cranberry, Almond & White Chocolate Shortbread, Butter Cut-Out Cookies, Christmas cakes and these divine Raspberry Marshmallows  which all feels very festive.The kids have been getting involved too which keeps them happily occupied.

For the Tea For Six stall I made jars of French Chocolate Granola, Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookie Mix, Russian Caramels, Gingerbread and Mrs Smith’s Lemon Balls.  A weeks worth of work disappeared in a couple of hours.  But the quickest thing to disappear was the Cinnamon Roasted Almonds.  I had a bowl out so people could sample them and they were hard to resist.

I just love this recipe.  It is so easy to make in bulk and fairly inexpensive depending on where you get your almonds from.  I do like to buy nuts from over at Mick’s Nuts at West End but as I was churning out bags of Cinnamon Roasted Nuts for teachers, friends, Joel’s work colleagues and the markets I just bought in bulk from our local fruit and veg shop.

These are perfect to gift.  Pop them in a jar or tie them up in a cellophane bag.  But make sure to keep some to put on the Christmas table to snack on or to serve with some bubbles for Christmas drinks.  Having these baking in the oven fills the house with cinnamon aromas which feels very festive.  No one will be able to resist.

cinnamon roasted almonds

500g almonds
1 egg white
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 120 degrees C.  Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.

In a bowl mix together the sugars and cinnamon.

In a large bowl whisk the egg white until frothy then add the vanilla and whisk for another 20 seconds.  Add the almonds and mix with a wooden spoon until the nuts are well coated and glossy from egg whites.  Tip in the sugars and cinnamon and mix carefully but thoroughly to coat the nuts in the sugars.

Spread the almonds evenly over the two trays and bake for 1 hour.  Every 10 – 15 minutes take a tray out and gently move the almonds around with a wooden spoon to encourage the almonds to roast evenly.  When the almonds no longer appear glossy then they are ready to come out of the oven.  Leave them to cool on the tray then carefully break them up with a wooden spoon.

Store in an airtight container.

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8 Responses to Cinnamon Roasted Almonds

  1. Cassie says:

    Natalie I’ve been so busy with other things but quickly snapped a peek at what you’ve been up to – so inspirational – it really does make me want to get back I the kitchen. I can smell your cooking from just reading it. The products look beautiful for the stall no wonder they sold out so quickly. I am absolutely amazed that even though you won’t be home for Christmas you are still baking for the day – wow. Maybe it’s the fact that I have a newborn or maybe I’m just using that as an excuse but I’m not baking a single thing his year for Christmas – we are just nibbling on antipasto delights all day long. After reading your bulb I now somehow feel guilty but more so depriving myself and others of home-made cooking and the anticipated excitement leading up to the day and the aromas hat go along with it – I still have a few days maybe I can manage a few things!

    • natalie says:

      Boy oh boy Cassie I do not want you feeling guilty. We had the best Christmas ever several years ago when Essie was just a bub – our house was full of packed boxes as we were moving back to Brisbane a few days later so we packed a picnic basket full of all the yummy antipasto stuff we don’t normally indulge in, made a flask of white sangria, packed a beach tent and headed to the beach for the whole day. The kids loved it and Joel and I loved it. The most relaxed Christmas day ever!

  2. Ruth says:

    Nat, have enjoyed jumping in and out of your website this year. You have a real knack. Am just about to try making these sugared almonds. Can I ask where you get your canisters from? They look great. Ruth

    • natalie says:

      Hi Ruth, I’m glad you are enjoying the blog. The canisters were from Spotlight for something like $2.50 however they aren’t good for things that needs preserving as the inside of the lid is plastic. But they are brilliant for dry goods like these cinnamon almonds, biscuits and shortbread. I used them for the homemade granola and biscotti. I saw them somewhere else too – might have been Woolies or Big W, can’t remember. Otherwise celophane bags can be found at Executive Chef at Southbank or over at the Cake and Icing shop at Mitchelton. I hope that helps!

  3. Sharolyn says:

    Hey Nat,
    The Tea For Six stand was a great idea and sounds like it was a hit too. Do you think this will be a regular event for you? Hope you had a lovely Christmas time with your family. xo

    • natalie says:

      Hi Sharolyn, It was Alice’s idea! It was really good but I don’t know about a regular event. Too many other things going on for us this year. Nat x

  4. Oh more Brisbane memories… I had forgotten about Micks in West End! And oh how i miss my summer days disappearing into the national park at Noosa (when the winding sandy bush tracks were still there…) hmmm good days. thanks for that! Happy New Year Natalie. Samx
    ps the stall looked fabulous!

    • natalie says:

      I’m glad I am bringing back happy memories for you Sam! I still need to make my way down south some time and sign myself up to one of your cooking classes – they all sound so delicious!

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