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Almond clusters with coconut & jasmine tea caramel

Almond clusters with coconut & jasmine tea caramel
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By Alexander Ong


INGREDIENTS:

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups sugar, granulated

3 tbsp lite corn syrup

6 tbsp coconut milk

4 tbsp water

2 tbsp jasmine tea leaves

6 tbsp unsweetened butter (cold), cut into ¼ cubes

1 ½ tsp kosher salt

5 oz unsweetened dried coconut flakes, toasted to golden brown

Vegetable cooking spray

3 cups whole blanched almonds, roasted

3 cups slivered almonds, roasted


PREPARATION:

PREPARATION:

  • Add the coconut milk and water in a small pot and bring it to a low simmer. Take it off the heat and add in the jasmine tea leaves and let it steep for 10-12 minutes.
  • Then strain the coconut milk-jasmine tea mix & discard the tea leaves.
  • Place the sugar & corn syrup in a medium pot over medium heat
  • Let the sugar mixture melt & carefully stir to combine
  • If the sugar is browning too fast, alternate by taking it off the heat & stir & then placing it back on the heat to continue cooking
  • Once the sugar turns into a dark caramel, take it off the heat and add the coconut milk-water-jasmine tea mix, and butter cubes.
  • The caramel will start to froth rapidly so be careful not to burn yourself
  • Keep stirring gently until the butter has been fully incorporated and the frothing has simmered down.
  • Then add the kosher salt to finish the caramel.
  • Mix the almonds in a warm large sauté pan (non stick is best)
  • Pour the caramel over the nuts and combine to mix well.
  • Line 2 sheet trays with wax paper and spray 2 teaspoons with vegetable spray so the caramel won’t stick to them.
  • Keep the pan of nuts warm on low heat so the caramel will not harden.
  • Work quickly and spoon quarter sized clusters onto the sheet trays.
  • Finish by sprinkling the toasted coconut flakes over the warm nuts.
  • Alternatively, you can choose to roll the clusters in the coconut flakes and fully coat them.
  • Let the almond clusters cool completely before packing them in air tight containers.

Nutritional Info:

Nutritional Info:

Calories: 127
Fiber: 2 g
Fat: 9 g
Cholesterol: 3 mg
Sat Fat: 3 g
Sodium: 28 mg
Mono Fat: 4 g
Calcium: 35 mg
Poly Fat: 2 g
Magnesium: 37 mg
Protein: 3 g
Potassium: 207 mg
Carb: 10 g
Vitamin E: 3 mg*

* total alpha-tocopherol equivalents

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