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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

DIY: Toasted Sliced Almonds

I have decided to tell you how easy it is to Make your own Toasted Almonds today. This will save you money and give so many recipes that added touch of flavor you'll wonder why you haven't done this before.

What you Need:
A bag of fresh almonds, not toasted or salted
A large baking Pan with a rim around it

Here are 3 methods to Toasting Almonds: Oven, Stove Top and Microwave

Almonds, like many other nuts, have a wonderfully rich, earthy flavor when toasted. However, store-bought toasted almonds can have a stale taste (along with added fat and salt content), as the nuts are not freshly roasted. There are several methods for toasting almonds at home, and each of them can be accomplished quickly and with great results. Learning how to toast sliced almonds is primarily a matter of paying careful attention to the nuts to ensure that they don't burn. One thing to remember is don't leave them and think you can go back to them, they will burn.

Method 1 of 3: Toasting in the Oven
This is my favorite way to toast almonds
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. This is approximately 175 degrees in Celsius.

Prepare the almonds for toasting. Spread the sliced almonds evenly across an ungreased, rimmed baking sheet.
The almonds will toast evenly if there is minimal overlap between the nuts.
Use a rimmed baking sheet to prevent the sliced almonds from spilling over the edges.

Place the almonds on the middle rack in the oven. The almonds will need to be flipped or stirred every few minutes, remember do NOT leave them unattended.
After about 5 minutes, open the oven door and stir the almonds around on the baking sheet with a wooden spoon. Alternatively, you could shake the baking sheet to redistribute the nuts.
Close the oven door and continue to stir the nuts every 5 minutes or so.

Remove the almonds when they are done toasting. The almonds will take between 10 and 15 minutes to toast completely, but you will have to pay careful attention to avoid burning them.
Wait until the nuts are fragrant and turning golden brown around the edges before you remove them.
Do NOT wait until they turn dark brown, however, because the almonds will continue to cook for a short time after leaving the oven, and will likely end up burnt. Burnt Nuts are nasty trust me, I have burned some. LOL

Cool and store the sliced almonds. Allow the nuts to cool completely before using -- this will make them extra crunchy.

If you left the almonds in the oven for slightly too long, transfer them to a cold tray while they're still hot to prevent further toasting.
If you're not using the almonds immediately, you can store them in a seal-able plastic bag (once cooled), to preserve their flavor and texture.

Use the sliced almonds. Toasted sliced almonds are very tasty and versatile and can be used in a wide variety of dishes.
Eat them on their own as a quick and healthy snack -- you can drizzle them in a little olive oil and sprinkle them with salt first, if you like.
Use them to add color, texture and flavor on top of salads, desserts and even pizza.
Use them in cake, bread and muffin batters (toasted almonds are less likely to sink to the bottom).
Method 2 of 3: Toasting on the Stove Top

Heat a saute pan over medium-low to medium heat. Use a heavy-bottomed pan for best results. Although it is not necessary to grease the pan, some cooks prefer to add a tiny amount of butter, to increase flavor.

Pour the almonds into the pan. When the pan is preheated, spread the almonds across the pan in an even layer.
Stir or shake the pan very frequently (about once every 30 seconds) to prevent the nuts from burning.
Although this stove top method is very quick and easy, the almond slices tend to roast a little unevenly, so it's important to keep the almonds moving.

Remove the almonds from the pan when they are done toasting. The almonds should take between 3 and 5 minutes to toast on the stove top.
Remove the almonds from the heat just before they begin to develop browned edges and a fragrant smell, otherwise they will start to burn.
Immediately pour the toasted almond slices into another dish to cool.
Method 3 of 3: Toasting in the Microwave
For this method you will need a microwave safe plate, don't grease the plate, be sure to spread the almonds out evenly so they don't overlap. Place the plate in your microwave.

Now set the Microwave on 1 minute on the highest power setting, cook the sliced almonds.
After 1 minute stir the almonds and spread again evenly on the plate.
Continue to cook 30 seconds, each time stirring and spreading out

After 2-3 more 30 second intervals(depending on your microwave) Remove the almonds from the microwave. Aim to remove the almonds from the microwave just before they start to brown and become fragrant. This should take between 3 and 5 minutes, depending on your microwave's power.

There you go, simple quick and tasty, now try your hand at making your own Toasted Almonds

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