Introduction: A Christmas Gift - the Infamous Benson Family Sinful Almond Roca Recipe
As a gift to you for Christmas, I am sharing what I am calling the "Infamous Benson Family Sinful Almond Roca Recipe. Many of you have hopefully enjoyed this sinful delight, if not, I will be providing you with step-by-step instructions on how to make it yourself.
As you will see, this recipe has been passed down from generation to generation --- the way you will see this is by the obviously very used, stained, antique paper, crumbled recipe that you will see.
Honestly, this is the easiest recipe and does not require a candy thermometer. Imagine that!!
Let's get started!!
Step 1: Ingredients Needed
You will need the following ingredients:
2 cubes of butter
1 Cup of Sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons of water
1 package of sliced Almonds (Tip - you can buy the almonds in the organic bulk area - much cheaper!)
6 ounces of Chocolate Chips - my family likes dark chocolate, but you can use milk chocolate.
Step 2: Preparing the Pan
You use a cookie sheet. I used a dark pan, but you do not have to.
You simply spread a few of your almonds on the pan; this recipe will just do about 3/4 of an 10 " by 18".
You can crumple up the almonds more than I did here, if you want.
Step 3: Combine Ingredients Over High Heat
You use a medium size pan; put the 2 cubes of butter, the 1 cup of sugar and the 1 1/2 teaspoons of water in the pan. It will start to melt altogether.
YOU MUST STIR NOW UNTIL THE TIME YOU POUR THE MIXTURE ON YOUR PREPARED PAN.
Step 4: Boiling Stage
At the very moment it starts to bubble, you start timing 5 minutes. In other worDs, when it starts to boil, you start timing the boil for approximately 5 minutes (depending on your stove heat) JUST HOW HOT ARE YOU?
Step 5: Keep Stirring!
Keep stirring! Take a look at the picture, this is what it should be looking like near the end of the process. It looks Carmel-colored.
Step 6: 5 Minutes Should Be Up
At the 5 minute mark or just a little earlier, or when it looks Carmel-colored; you pour it over the almonds in you pan.
BE CAREFUL ( If you are like me, I get burned every time I enter the kitchen to cook) Ha! No Joke!
Step 7: Spread the Chocolate Chips
You can spread out the mixture a little, but you usually don't have to.
NOW, sprinkle the chocolate chips over the HOT mixture. Let it set for about 30 seconds.
See the little brown mark on my finger, that is a burn from trying to make a toasted cheese sandwich using the toaster oven! See See I wasn't lying about the kitchen being a danger zone!!
Step 8: When It Looks Like This
After gently smearing the chocolate chips around, it should look like this.
Step 9: Sprinke the Almonds
Sprinkle the rest of the almonds on the mixture.
Step 10: Refrigerate
Put in the refrigerator until it hardens!
Step 11: Cut UP - Breakup
This is an interesting step. What I do is just stick a knife in it and it will break.
Of course, I do this very carefully considering that I am kitchen challenged.
Step 12: Finished and Sinful!
Here it is -- Finished and Sinful!
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Step 13: The Recipe - in All It's Splendor
Here is a picture of the recipe.
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