Croccante is great party food.
For gift giving, pile it into a fancy candy dish or decorative jar.
MAKES ABOUT 3 DOZEN
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 3 cups blanched whole almonds
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Place all the remaining ingredients in a heavy nonstick saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.
Immediately pour the mixture out onto the oiled slab or cookie sheet, spreading it evenly with the spoon.
Cut the croccante into rough 1-inch pieces with a heavy knife.