|Preparation||Resting||Cooking||Start to finish|
|25 min.||10 min.||20 min.||55 min.|
|1||Preheat oven to 150°C (300°F).
Spread out 250 g whole almonds on a baking sheet, and put in the oven to dry roast for 5 to 10 minutes.
|2||Meanwhile heat 250 g caster sugar and 4 tablespoons water in a pan over high heat and bring to 120°C (250°F), the soft ball stage (an electronic thermometer is very useful here).||10 min.|
|3||Once this temperature is reached, remove the almonds from the oven and tip striaght into the sugar.||1 min.|
|4||Stir with a wooden spatula. After a few seconds the mixture should become grainy.
If this does not happen immediately it is because the sugar has not reached 120°C (250°F) yet. Don't worry, just keep stirring for a while longer until the change occurs.
|5||Turn down the heat to medium, and continue stirring the almonds non-stop...|
|6||... until the sugar caramelizes and the almonds are all coated with dark caramel.||15 min.|
|7||Then tip out the contents of the pan onto a sheet of cooking parchment or onto a silicon mat.
Leave to cool.
|8||Crush into small pieces and put in the blender.||3 min.|
|9||Blend until obtaining a powder (a few seconds), if this is what you require.||1 min.|
|10||If you need praline paste, continue blending and the mixture will transform itself into a paste.||3 min.|
|11||Both kinds of praline should be kept in airtight jars, the paste refrigerated and the powder at room temperature.|
For 500 g : 3.45 €
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