The Black Teapot

August 21, 2008

Black Pepper Almonds – Vegan

Filed under: Nuts, Snacks — blackteapot @ 7:37 am

Like crack, in nut form.

Like crack, in nut form.

Prep and cooking time: 75 minutes
Makes 4 cups

– Butter to grease foil

– ¼ cup unsalted butter

– ¾ cup brown sugar

– 4 teaspoons water

– 4 cups (1 pound) whole almonds, skins on

– 1 tablespoon black pepper, freshly ground if possible

– 2 teaspoons sea salt

Preheat oven to 300F. Line one or two rimmed baking sheets with lightly buttered foil.

Melt the butter in a large, deep skillet on medium heat. Add the brown sugar and water, then stir until the sugar dissolves. Stir in the almonds, pepper and salt. Cook at a fast bubble for about 5 minutes, stirring often.

Spread nuts in a single layer on the baking sheet(s). Bake for 30 minutes or until the nuts turn a deep golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool a bit, then separate the nuts into individual pieces. Keep separating the nuts until they’re fully cooled and dried. If nuts are sticky, store in refrigerator.

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