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Verlee - Almond Rocca recipe?

posted at 6/13/2011 3:28 PM EDT
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Verlee - I was looking around the candy recipes and read that you like making Almond Rocca.  Wow ..... Please, could I have that recipe?

Re: Verlee - Almond Rocca recipe?

posted at 6/13/2011 4:32 PM EDT
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I love Almond Roca!  Please Verlee, if you would share the recipe with us it would be so appreciated.

Re: Verlee - Almond Rocca recipe?

posted at 6/14/2011 3:05 PM EDT
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Happy to share! I've been having trouble posting this on the Shared Recipes, but will keep trying to do so. In the meantime:

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Almond Roca

 

2 c. sugar

1 lb. butter

1/2 c. almonds; chopped

1 11-12 oz. pkg. milk chocolate chips

1 6 oz. pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2-1 c. almonds; chopped finely

 

NOTE:  This recipe requires a candy thermometer. I got the recipe from someone who grew up in South Africa, so the temperature is in Centigrade, not Fahrenheit. I just have never taken the time to adjust my recipe to American standards!!!

NOTE 2: This may seem really complicated at first, but after your first batch it’ll seem rather easy.

 

Lightly spray 2 cookie sheets with Pam, or line with Parchment paper (I prefer the Parchment paper).

 

Put butter in bottom of large cooking pan, add sugar, and cook over medium heat stirring constantly, until temperature on thermometer reaches 145 degrees C (not F). Add 1/2 cup chopped almonds. Continue cooking and stirring until temperature reaches 160 – 165 degrees C. Do not undercook. (The candy will start to turn brown in color. If it smells like burned sugar, you’ve cooked it too long and it will be difficult to spread out on the cookie sheet.) Once the temperature reaches 160-165, immediately pour onto the cookie sheets and using a wooden spoon, spread out to the edges of the pans.

 

While it cools, melt chocolate chips in large bowl in microwave. When the Roca is cool and hardened, spread half the melted chocolate onto the Roca, and sprinkle on half of the finely chopped almonds.

 

When the chocolate has hardened and is no longer sticky to the touch, turn the Roca over. (To make this easier, I have 2 sizes of cookie sheets. I use the smaller cookie sheets when I first pour out the cooked candy. When it’s time to turn the Roca, I put the larger cookie sheet over the top of the smaller, and flip it in one smooth motion. This prevents the Roca from breaking up.) Using the remaining melted chocolate, cover the second side of the Roca with the chocolate, and sprinkle on remaining finely chopped almonds.

 

Once the chocolate is hardened, you are ready to break the Roca into whatever size pieces your heart desires! I store the Roca in a sealed container in the refrigerator, up to one month.


Re: Verlee - Almond Rocca recipe?

posted at 6/14/2011 4:56 PM EDT
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Hi Verlee,this looks absolutely wonderful thank you so much for sharing.I ran out of butter or I would be making this right now :)

Re: Verlee - Almond Rocca recipe?

posted at 6/14/2011 5:23 PM EDT
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Wow!  That looks and sounds wonderful.  Like Gale I can't wait to try it.
THANK YOU!

Re: Verlee - Almond Rocca recipe?

posted at 6/14/2011 5:28 PM EDT
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Wow again -- lol -- Look at that ........ a whole pound of  butter for one batch of candy!!
Butter, sugar and chocolate .... No wonder it's so good.

Re: Verlee - Almond Rocca recipe?

posted at 6/14/2011 7:14 PM EDT
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Verlee...

I just printed this out...Wow!  Thank you so much for sharing!

Re: Verlee - Almond Rocca recipe?

posted at 6/14/2011 7:55 PM EDT
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Thanks so much for the recipe Verlee.  This will be my very next project! 

And thanks to Nancy for starting this discussion on behalf of all chocoholics.

Re: Verlee - Almond Rocca recipe?

posted at 6/14/2011 9:44 PM EDT
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Nah H. M. .... this is all Verlee's fault.
We really should have a contest to see who makes this stuff first. 
I'm working on that bake sale.
Does candy sell at a summer time, hot, outdoor bake sale?

Re: nancy g- candy sales

posted at 6/14/2011 10:35 PM EDT
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Candy sells well if it's packaged so it is not messy.  Chocolate can be a problem as it melts too fast.   "Summer coating"   is a good substitute for traditional chocolate applications.   (can use various brands of "candy melts" or almond bark bases)    Hard candies and toffees tend to do well,  as do sugared/ flavored nuts. 

Re: Verlee - Almond Rocca recipe?

posted at 6/14/2011 10:46 PM EDT
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conversion for 160 degrees celcius- equals  320 fahrenheit.    good conversion chart available at AskNumbers.com

Re: Verlee - Almond Rocca recipe?

posted at 6/14/2011 10:59 PM EDT
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Terese - good to have you here.  And thanks for such a good idea --- I have an INCREDIBLE recipe for candied/sugared nuts.
I've never seen anything like that at a bake sale.   I'll give that some thought .... the price of pecans has absolutely sky-rocketed. I'm not certain I can make that right now.
  

Re: Verlee - Almond Rocca recipe?

posted at 6/15/2011 2:43 AM EDT
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Verlee,  Thank you for sharing your Almond Rocca recipe!  I have the butter in stock!!
This recipe sounds so yummy!!! This will be great for Father's Day!!!

Re: Verlee - Almond Rocca recipe?

posted at 6/15/2011 5:08 AM EDT
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What a labor of love!

Re: Verlee - Almond Rocca recipe?

posted at 6/15/2011 6:59 AM EDT
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Thanks for the recipe. I will definitely try it.

Re: Verlee - Almond Rocca recipe?

posted at 6/15/2011 1:29 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: Verlee - Almond Rocca recipe?:
Terese - good to have you here.  And thanks for such a good idea --- I have an INCREDIBLE recipe for candied/sugared nuts. I've never seen anything like that at a bake sale.   I'll give that some thought .... the price of pecans has absolutely sky-rocketed. I'm not certain I can make that right now.   
Posted by Nancy G


Nancy, your turn to share your sugared nut recipe, if you will, PLEASE. My sister has a wonderful recipe and she sends me a batch of sugared walnuts for Christmas, but she won't share her recipe with me!!!

Re: Verlee - Almond Rocca recipe?

posted at 6/16/2011 7:41 AM EDT
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Verlee - here's my recipe for

SUGAR N' SPICE WALNUTS  (I use pecan halves)

2 1/2 cups walnuts
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon  (I love cinnamon so use a bit more)

Combine sugar, water, salt and cinnamon in large saucepan. 
Low to medium heat to 236 degrees (soft ball stage).
Pour in nuts and stir 'til creamy.  (for me it seems to take stirring forever 
so I boil until 240 and try to be energetic and patient)
Dump everything onto wax paper and separate into clumps with two forks.
I've made this with a mixture of all sorts of nuts, pecans, walnuts, Brazil, whole almonds, cashews.

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Here's the sugared nut recipe I used for years until I found the other one

SUGARED WALNUTS

1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp grated orange peel
1/2 tsp cinnamon
6 Tbls milk
Boil to soft ball stage.  Add 1 tsp vanilla.
Stir in walnuts, dump onto wax paper

Re: Verlee - Almond Rocca recipe?

posted at 6/16/2011 9:33 AM EDT
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Both of these recipes sound great - can't wait to try them! Thank you so much for sharing - I get such great recipes from this website!!

Re: Verlee - Almond Rocca recipe?

posted at 6/16/2011 12:43 PM EDT
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OK I love Almond Roca.  I will try this recipe but Verlee I had to laugh...Can you tell me how you can get it to last a month?
The Spiced Nuts also look very good and I think they would also be great done with almonds but the mix sounds very good as well.
Both "dangerous" recipes to have.
Than you for sharing.

Re: Verlee - Almond Rocca recipe?

posted at 6/16/2011 12:47 PM EDT
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What a great receipe - all I need is time to try all of these new receipe..... 
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