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Almond Dragees Recipe

Course Appetizer, Sweets
Cuisine French
Servings 5 Persons

Ingredients
  

  • Almonds - 1 cup
  • Sugar - 1/2 cup
  • Water - 1/4 cup
  • Butter - 2 tbs
  • Dark / Milk Chocolate - 150 gm
  • Cocoa Powder - 1/4 cup
  • Icing Sugar - 1/4 cup

Instructions
 

  • In a sauce pan mix together water and sugar.
  • Bring it to boil.
  • Add the almonds and cook on medium low flame.
  • First the syrup thickens.
  • Then it becomes powdery, but keep on stirring.
  • Then the powder starts to melt and caramelize.
  • The sugar will coat the almond uniformly and would be dark brown.
  • At this stage add butter and stir well to combine.
  • In a tray apply some butter and keep it ready.
  • Transfer the caramelized almonds to the tray and with a help of spoon, separate them as individual kernels.
  • Allow them to cool completely.
  • Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate for an hour.
  • Melt chocolate and keep it ready.
  • Remove the almonds from the fridge and add 1/3rd of melted chocolate.
  • Mix to coat them. Refrigerate until the chocolate becomes hard.
  • Now remove it from the fridge and add another 1/3rd of melted chocolate.
  • Again refrigerate until chocolate sets.
  • Now add the final portion of chocolate and mix well. Again refrigerate until set.
  • Remove the bowl from fridge and break the almonds apart. You don't want clusters.
  • In another bowl sift together cocoa powder and icing sugar.
  • Add the almonds to the bowl and mix them gently so that all the almons are coated uniformly.
  • Transfer the almonds to a serving bowl and serve, or keep them in an airtight box and refrigerate.