This elaborate confection is customary to serve at New Year’s and at wedding and birthday celebrations.
🧡1/2 pound shelled almonds
🧡1 cup sugar
🧡1/3 cup hot water
🧡1/2 cup honey
🧡1/2 cup good cooking oil
🧡1/2 teaspoon saffron
First of all, silver the almonds, then combine sugar and water in a saucepan, bring to a boil, and boil over high heat until syrup spins a long thread.
Add honey and almonds and let the syrup cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
When it begins to turn amber in color, stir in the oil and continue to stir until the almond shreds look brown and a little of the syrup becomes very brittle when dropped into cold water. Stir in the saffron.
Now reduce heat to very low and work quickly.
Oil two cooky trays. Drop the candy on the trays from a long-handled spoon into rounds about 1 inch in diameter, keeping each round about an inch away from the other.
Someone else must stand beside the trays with a knife, helping to shape the syrup into rounds as soon as it is dropped from the spoon and is still hot and soft.
It becomes hard and brittle almost at once. Quickly sprinkle each round with mixed nuts. Keep the syrup over low heat until it is all dropped onto the trays. Let stand for 30 minutes, then remove with a spatula. If they stick to the tray, try slightly warming the tray to soften the candies.
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