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Smoked Almond Dreams

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Active Time:  21 Minutes
Total Time:  2 Hours
  24 Candies
Rich, soft, creamy caramel generously covering smoked almonds all enrobed in a layer of not-too-sweet dark chocolate. Make plenty of these dreams because heaven knows it's too hard to resist them.
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
Vegetable oil cooking spray
1 cup (5 ounces) coarsely chopped smoked almonds
Caramel:
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
1 tablespoon water
3/4 cup (4.5 oz) bittersweet (60 percent cacao) chocolate chips (recommended: Ghiradelli)
Espresso Sea Salt
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DIRECTIONS
Special equipment: a candy thermometer, a 24-count mini muffin pan


Spray a 24-count mini muffin pan, liberally, with vegetable oil cooking spray. Put the almonds in the bottom of each muffin cup and set aside.


For the caramel: In a 3-quart, heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the cream, butter, sugar, and water. Stir over medium heat until the mixture is smooth. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer registers 240 degrees F, about 5 to 7 minutes. Let the mixture cool for 30 seconds. Using a long-handled, metal spoon, carefully spoon the caramel over the nuts. Allow the caramel to cool about 15 minutes before putting on chocolate layer.


Put the chocolate chips in a medium stainless steel or glass bowl. Set the bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water and stir occasionally until the chocolate has melted, about 4 minutes. Spoon the chocolate over the caramel and put a dash of Espresso Sea Salt on top of each candy. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.


Using a thin-bladed spatula, remove each candy from the pan (caramel will be hard). Let the turtles stand at room temperature for at least 1 hour (to allow the caramel to soften) before serving.


Store in an airtight container.


Date Added: 02/04/2010
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Rating: 5
by: Shannon, CA Reviewed: 03/11/2010
Just Dreamy
This recipe is so simple and the result is delicious! If you can't find Espresso Sea Salt, you can just sprinkle a little espresso powder on top. The smoked almonds on the bottom are just enough to add a salty flavor.
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