It is nice to have sweets sometimes that contain just the basics.
This praline will satisfy anyones urge for sweet and it only takes 5 mins to make and 5-10 mins to cool.
I am a big fan of simple Italian recipes when cooking and nobody beats the Italian’s for the simplicity of their sweets.
I generally go organic but the taste is just the same with regular ingredients.
Let me know what you think.
olive oil (for brushing)
130 grams / 4 1/2 oz caster sugar (fine sugar)
150 grams /5 oz blanched almonds, chopped (I use less sometimes to get more of a toffee taste)
15 grams / 1/2 oz unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice
fresh bay leaves (optional)
Brush a marble slab or baking sheet with oil.
Melt the sugar with 1 & 1/2 teaspoons of water in a heavy based pot over a low-medium heat.
Stir in the almonds, then add the butter and lemon juice.
Lower the heat and cook until the mixture is a golden brown (it will start to burn around the edges, this is what you want. Just keep stirring it in to the mixture until a golden colour is achieved)
Remove the pan from heat and pour onto baking sheet and spread out to 1cm / 1/2 inch thick.
Cut into diamond shapes with a knife and let cool and set.
Break up praline into diamonds and prior to serving rub bottoms with fresh bay leaves until scented.