A Sweet and Spicy Anytime Ginger Almond Pick-Me-Up
Triple-Ginger AlmondsMakes 3 cups
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger
4 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3 cups (15 ounces) whole almonds
1 cup (4 ounces) finely chopped crystallized ginger
DirectionsStir the sugar, 1⁄2 cup water, and the fresh ginger together in a medium skillet and bring to a boil over high heat. The sugar syrup will be clear and bubble up from the bottom. Continue to boil for 3 minutes, then remove the skillet from the heat. Cover and allow the ginger to steep in the syrup. In just 15 minutes, the ginger will infuse the syrup with a pure, vivid, robust flavor. Using a fine-mesh sieve, strain the syrup into a bowl; discard the ginger.
Return the syrup to skillet, place over medium heat, and bring back to a boil. Whisk in the ground ginger and salt. Stir in the almonds.
Continue cooking over medium heat for about 15 minutes stirring constantly with a heatproof spatula. The syrup will stick to the almonds and reduce. When a small amount of liquid remains in the bottom of the pan, stir in the crystallized ginger. Eventually no syrup will remain, and the sugar adhering to the nuts will begin to crystallize.
When the nuts have been coated completely with sugar and have whitened and crystallized, continue cooking for about 5 minutes to remelt and caramelize the sugar. The sugar from the crystallized ginger will also melt, and the nuts and ginger will stick together nicely. Scrape the nuts evenly onto the prepared pan and cool. Using two forks, separate them, being careful to leave the ginger intact. The cooled almonds can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week.