Greek Koufeta (Wedding Almond “taffy” from Cyclades Islands)

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READY IN: 50mins
SERVES: 10-20
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 1
    cup honey
  • 2
    tablespoons brandy
  • 14
    teaspoon orange blossom water
  • 1 12
    cups blanched whole almonds (about 10 ounces)
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DIRECTIONS

  • Pour the honey, brandy, and orange blossom water into a large saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir, reduce the heat, and gently boil until the mixture is the color of burnished mahogany and spins off a spoon, 240°F on a candy thermometer, about 30 minutes.
  • Stir in the almonds and bring to a boil again. Remove the pan from the heat and let the mixture cool until it is no longer bubbling. Turn it out onto a large plate, allowing the almonds to spread out evenly. Cool until the mixture is thick enough to spoon up in “globs,” several hours or overnight.
  • To serve, offer each diner a clean spoon or knife as you pass the platter of koufeta around. Each person slides the knife or spoon into the taffy and spins the implement until a scoop of the koufeta takes hold. The koufeta is then eaten off the knife or spoon. Serves 10 to 20.
  • NOTES: Koufeta will keep, covered at room temperature for up to 2 days.
  • Some villages add a little toasted sesame seed in the koufeta mixture or sprinkle it on top once the mixture is poured onto the platter.
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