Learning how to toast almonds is easy. You can do it in a skillet or make them in the oven. I prefer the oven method because almonds are laden with natural oils and they burn quite easily in a skillet.
Since I don't enjoy pulling out the burnt almonds, (which have a sharp, unappetizing aroma, by the way) or washing a skillet, I simply pull out my sheet pan and do it in the oven in three simple steps. At the end you'll see my favorite toasted almond recipe for crepes!
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spread one-half cup of sliced almonds on a cookie sheet that has been lined with tin foil. Place inside your oven.
Toast for about 10-12 minutes, stirring at least 3 times. You'll want to use a long-handled kitchen utensil for this step. Spread the almonds around on the pan, turning them over as you go. Be careful not to burn yourself on the heating element as you do this.
You'll know when you're done, because the almonds will turn golden brown and your kitchen will have a deliciously nutty aroma!
The final step isn't any work at all. All you have to do is eat and enjoy your toasted almonds. You can use them in both savory and dessert crepes.
In this recipe for crepes, simply top basic dessert crepes with vanilla ice cream, drizzle them with both caramel and chocolate sauces, and then sprinkle a generous amount of toasted almonds.
You can also use slivered almonds, which are almonds that have been sliced into little sticks. You may toast them in the same way you toast sliced almonds. For a picture, check out Dark Chocolate Crepes with Strawberries in Almond Cream.
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