The Christmas crunch continues… tonight it’s all
about the Amazing Almond Butter Crunch (also known as Almond Roca). It took my daughter and I a couple of rounds to perfect it, as this can be a tricky thing to make, especially without a candy thermometer. But, we did it! And it turned out AMAZING!
It’s so yummy and crunchy, I can’t stop eating it! I had to start writing this post so I would stop eating it! (one pet peeve of mine is eating at the computer).
There is more than one way to make this, the most popular is on a cookie sheet/in a cake pan.
We decided to do something different though, and used ice cube trays with a silicone bottom.
Many of the recipes we found on-line used a lot of butter. We used less butter… and it turned out amazing.
Here’s the recipe we came up with, using our ice cube trays:
(**There is a printable recipe at the bottom of this post 🙂 )
What you’ll need:
2/3 cups salted butter
1 cup light brown sugar/yellow sugar
1 to 1 1/2 cup crushed/chopped almonds
200-250 grams of Milk chocolate (or Dark chocolate if you prefer)
What you do:
In a medium pot, melt the butter over med-high heat. Once the butter is melted, add the sugar. Start your timer & stir constantly. After about 1 minute, the mixture will get bubbly and thick. Turn the heat down to medium.
Continue to stir constantly for about 2 more minutes. Remove from heat when the mixture looks smooth and creamy – like melted caramel (as in picture above right). Remove right away if you start to smell it burn a little. (If you have a candy thermometer, it should reach a max of 290 degrees.) Keep stirring while off heat and add in 1/2 cup of the crushed/chopped almonds. The mixture will harden rather quickly, so you need to move fast.
Pour the mixture into the ice cube trays and let it harden. Ours took about 15-20 minutes to harden.
Melt chocolate (I used a metal bowl over top a pot of boiling water).
Sprinkle some crushed almonds on a plate or on some parchment paper.
Pop out pieces of butter crunch out of the ice cube trays and dab them off with a paper towel. Dip them into the chocolate and place on the crushed almonds. Sprinkle more crushed almonds on top.
Voilà! Enjoy & try not to eat them all at once!