Almond Day: honey almond snack recipe
Although every day feels like Almond Day for us, today is a day dedicated to celebrating these wonderful nuts. We know the great health benefits of almonds, but did you know they’re also of vital importance to honey bees? In fact, almonds and honey bees depend upon each other – almond trees need honey bees to pollinate flowers and start the process of growing almonds, while almond blossoms are honey bees’ first natural source of nutritious pollen after a long winter.
To celebrate, The Meringue Girls have created a delicious snack to celebrate this clever little nut. Inspired by the love story between almond orchards and honey bees, they’ve created ‘The Buzzy Bee’ – a UK-meets-California-inspired almond recipe. The easy-to-prepare snack incorporates English honey, British rosemary and Cornish sea salt with California almonds, and can be enjoyed at home or on the go.
Buzzy Bee almond snack recipe
Makes: approx 8 x 28g portions
225g whole almonds
3 tbsp English heather honey
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary, leaves removed
4 tbsp water
1 tbsp almond or olive oil
20g caster sugar
2 tsp of smoked sea salt
1 Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/Gas mark 4
2 Spread the almonds in a single layer on a baking sheet, then bake until lightly toasted for around 10-15 mins.
3 Stir the honey, rosemary, water and almond oil in a saucepan and bring it to the boil.
4 Add the almonds, then stir over a gentle heat until they’ve absorbed all the liquid.
5 Mix the sugar and salt in a bowl, and toss the almonds to coat.
6 Spread in a single layer on baking paper, then leave to dry.
7 Either put into jars to gift, or devour warm from the tray.
For a host of tasty almond snacking combos and recipes visit almonds.co.uk