Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Catanies - a lovely chocolate snack from my Barcelona

Catanies, roasted caramelized almonds in chocolate praline and cocoa powder, are typical sweets from Catalunya, the region where Barcelona is.

When I tasted it the first time I was all "wooo-hoow! This is tasty!" And when I found out it wasn’t rocket science to make them myself I decided it would be part of my Christmas presents to family and friends. I got the recipe from a friend, and today I gave it a go.

According to the recipe you'd need 400g almonds, but that's all wrong. Half is more than enough I think. Anyway- first you put the almonds to roast in the oven at 150 degrees C (302 degrees F) for about half an hour to 45 minutes. But keep an eye on them, we want them to get roasted but not burnt! Move them around every now and then. The finished almond is crispy and tasty.


Then leave them to cool off. When cool, add about 300g of sugar to a pot and heat up. The sugar will turn into caramel and when liquid, add the roasted & cooled off almonds.
Move them around so they get covered in caramel before taking them out onto a baking sheet. Now you need to be quick- they need to be separated immediately, cause the caramel sets and becomes rock-hard very fast. So- separate the almonds and let cool off again. When cool you can break them loose if they are clumped together, and remove excess caramel, the almond just needs to be covered in caramel.


Now it's time for the chocolate. Mmmm! Take 250 g of chocolate (what ever kind you prefer, I made one round of Catanies with white chocolate and another round with milk chocolate cause I had so many almonds) and 50 g of butter and melt it. Then mix well and you'll get a delicious chocolate cream. According to the recipe it should become liquid, but mine turned out quite paste-ish.


The point is to cover the caramelized almond in chocolate, one by one. (According to the recipe, you should dip them in the chocolate a few times but I just had to roll the chocolate onto the almonds as it wasn't liquid)

Leave to cool off again, until the chocolate is almost stiff. Then use your hands to make them even and beautiful before rolling them in cocoa powder for the final finish, and voila!

I used a light cocoa-powder from Spain, which is already mixed with sugar and vanilla for the white-chocolate Catanies, and normal pure cocoa-powder for the milk chocolate ones. 




My plan was to give them away, but I am not sure they will even last untill Christmas Eve... I just can't help myself, they are delicious! I think I'll just make another batch tomorrow...Wanna give it a go? Here's the ingredients you'll need:

200g almonds
300g sugar
250g chocolate
50g butter
Cocoa powder

6 comments:

  1. Drool...

    I've been looking for recipes from different countries to make for a Christmas Eve feast and I may have to try these.

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  2. Ser og høres nydelig ut! Tror jeg må teste ut denne.

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  3. He he...måtte le...jeg satt og leste bloggen din...har et par timer fri og måtte innom den...skulle bare hente meg en kopp te...og vips så hadde det tikket inn en kommentar fra deg mens jeg leste bloggen her...så kos <3
    Du...dette så jo bare så herlig ut...må være superfine presanger...men...mitt problem hadde jo vært å la være å spise opp alle sammen da.
    Så fine bilder :-)
    Når drar du og feirer julen i Norge...og...hvor lenge skal du kose deg her på berget...?
    Hei så lenge...må titte mer på bloggen om det er noen flere blogginnlegg jeg har gått glipp av :-)

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  4. Så gøy, Mette! Vi er nok på samme bølgelengde he he ;-)
    De er knallgode disse konfektbitene og jeg har litt problemer med å begrense inntaket..kremt...
    Jeg er allerede på plass i vinter-Norge! Kaldt, men vakkert med rimfrost og snø på bakken. Blir til den 29.

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  5. Så du er allerede hjemme i gamlelandet...selv om det er kaldt...så må det være kos også <3
    Oi...da blir det nyttårsaften i Barcelona da...så gøy <3
    Å jasså...du klarer ikke å holde deg unna livets søte goder du heller...thi hi...lever bare en gang vet du...i hvertfall her på jorden...eller i dette livet :-)...hva nå enn som kommer etter dette eller om det gjør det har jeg da ikke begynt å fundere på...har da mer enn nok med å leve dette spennende livet her og nå og gjøre maks ut av det :-)
    Kos deg som bare det her hjemme også.
    Julian og jeg reiser til Tenerife natt til 1.juledag...siden Julian har vært så syk...kan du tenke deg noe bedre oppvarming til Kenya turen vår i februar.
    Denne juleturen var ikke planlagt...den andre har jeg spart til...men...ikke denne..håper at Julian får en uke med ro og hvile...har bestilt bosted ut i fra hans helse :-)...og frem til Kenya...får vi leve på vann og brød...he he .-)

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  6. This sounds delicious! Thank you so much for sharing!

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