Spiced Blanched Almonds


2 cups whole blanched almonds
3 tbs. peanut or other oil
1/2 cup plus 1 tbs. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp. red pepper flakes


Mix the 1 tbs. of sugar with the salt, cumin, and pepper flakes.  Warm the oil in a large skillet.  Add almonds and stir to coat well with the oil for 3-4 minutes.  Add the 1/2 cup sugar and keep tossing until the sugar melts and browns the almonds.  Remove from heat.  Toss with the sugar and spice mixture.  Spread on a cookie sheet to cool.  Separate the nuts and store in an air-tight container. Move quickly to keep nuts from sticking together.