Something Sweet on Heilige Nacht

My big boys arrived this morning from the U.S. this morning and I couldn't be more than beyond thrilled.  It feels good to have all 8 of us under the same roof.  Tomorrow brings a full program as we will attend out church service in the morning and then will go to the children's program at my mother-in-laws church before eating dinner over at her house.  I couldn't think of a better way to spend the day though.  What a blessing it is to be all together and to be spending it with my husbands family on Heilige Nacht (Holy Night or Christmas Eve) remembering the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. Christmas Eve is a much bigger deal here in Germany than actual Christmas day as it is when the Christ Child brings the gifts and families open their gifts. Christmas day while still a day of celebration tends to be more of a day of relaxation and a day for families to visit one another.  So what is the something sweet?  I would like to share with you a very simple recipe for Gebrannte Mandeln or Sugared Almonds.  They are so simple to make.  They are a great treat to bring the  neighbor next door or have in a bowl for the crowds of people popping by your house in  next couple of days.

Gebrannte Mandeln
1/2 cup of water
1/2 cup of white sugar
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
2 cups of whole almonds

In a skillet combine water, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon and bring to a boil.  Add almonds and continuously stir. It takes about 15 minutes.  The water will eventually completely disappear which at that time it is time to lower the heat until all the water is completely gone.  You will think you have done something wrong because as this occurs the sugar begins to crystallize.  Turn almonds out on a piece of parchement paper and allow to let dry and cool before bagging them up for the neighbors.  As I said they are utterly delicious and good for you right as almonds are a great source of protein.  wink wink.

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New YEar!


I think that for most of us Christmas has no connection with religion, but we celebrate it nonetheless. It has simply become tradition. I am an atheist and I recently read that here in Canada only 16% of the population practices any kind of regular religious observance and that includes Christians, Jews, Muslims and others. Certainly it is a very common sight here to see churches shuttered and closed since they no longer have a congregation to support them.
Sharon Wagner said…
Yum. Happy Holidays from Sharon's Souvenirs!
Klara S said…
Merry Christmas to you and your family!
NCSue said…
I hope Christmas blessings will extend through the new year for you.
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Jeanie said…
Im'so glad you are with your boys and I hope they can stay for awhile. The recipe sounds terrific -- thanks for sharing! And here's to a very merry remainder of the season!
betty-NZ said…
I hope the New Year brings wonderful things for you and your family.
Mandy said…
How delicious! I'll have to try making them! :)

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