Saturday, February 15, 2014

addison's valentine treat.

Valentines Day was pretty low key for us this year. But a definite highlight was Addison's Valentine treat: slow cooker cinnamon almonds. These were so easy and so delicious, we probably have a new love day tradition on our hands. And because I love you so much, I will share with you the recipe. 
1 1/2 C. Sugar
1 C. Brown Sugar
3 1/2 Tbsp. Cinnamon
1/8 tsp. Salt
1 Egg White
2 tsp. vanilla
3 Cups Almonds
1/4 C. Water

1. Mix together in a large bowl sugars, cinnamon, and salt.  
2. In another bowl with a whisk, mix together the egg white and vanilla until it is frothy.  Add the almonds and coat thoroughly.  This will help the mixture stick to the almonds during the cooking process.
3. Prepare your slow cooker by spraying it with cooking spray.  Add the cinnamon almond mixture to the almonds and turn it to low.  Stir until the cinnamon sugar mixture is coated well on the almonds. Also, just know, your house will smell amazing.
4.  Cook for about 3-4 hours, stirring every 20 minutes.  In the very last hour, add 1/4 cup water and stir well.  This will ensure a crunchy coating and help the mixture to harden.  
5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the almonds onto the sheet to cool.  The almonds should be pretty sticky so be sure to seperate them the best that you can and let them cool!  

(You may want to double the recipe so you have enough for yourself...and can share them too ;)

Watching "Return To Me", whilst eating Alfredo pizza and chocolate covered strawberries is my idea of an ideal night.
Also, we just watched "Philomena", and it was fantastic. Moving, good message, surprisingly funny, charming, hopeful. Go see it.

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