‘Little joys‘

‘Little joys‘

Alegrías

By
From
My Abuelo's Mexican Feast
Makes
18 squares

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
225g puffed amaranth
70g pepitas
100g pecans, chopped
500g piloncillo or palm sugar, (see note)
125ml honey
1 tablespoon lemon juice or white vinegar

Method

  1. Dry-fry the amaranth in a large frying pan over a medium heat, stirring constantly for 5 minutes or until golden. Pour onto a large tray and allow to cool completely.
  2. In the same frying pan, toast the pepitas, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes or until they change colour slightly. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  3. Repeat the process with the pecans.
  4. Once the amaranth, seeds and nuts are toasted and cooled, mix them together in a bowl.
  5. Break the sugar into small pieces and place it in a large saucepan along with the honey and lemon juice. Bring to the boil gently over a medium heat, stirring constantly.
  6. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the sugar has dissolved, then remove from the heat. Add the amaranth, seed and nut mixture to the sugar and mix with a wooden spoon until all the ingredients are combined.
  7. Pour the mixture into a 30 x 20 cm shallow baking tin lined with baking paper (make sure the baking paper overhangs at both ends). Using a spatula, press the mixture into the tin to ensure it is compact.
  8. While still warm, cut the mixture into squares with a sharp knife. Allow to cool completely in the tin. To remove from the tin, hold both ends of the baking paper and lift out. Separate the squares and wrap each one individually in cellophane or place in an airtight container.
  9. These will keep for 1 week in an airtight container.

Note

  • Piloncillo is a type of hard-packed brown sugar traditionally used in Mexico. Look for it in Latin food stores.
Tags:
Mexican
Latin
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