Amish Cashew Crunch is a Christmas favorite
By Kevin Williams
There was an old question and answer board game from when I was a child (the name escapes me), but one of the questions was: Name a nut that sounds like a sneeze.
The answer: cashew
So I’ve never been able to see or eat a cashew without thinking of a sneeze sound. But this stuff is amazing: cashew crunch. I’m not sure how the recipe caught on among the Amish, but it really has. Some even call it “Amish crack.” And it is good stuff. This is some cashew crunch I recently got at an Amish bakery in Highland County, Ohio. Below is an Amish recipe for the stuff that comes from an Amish woman in Tennessee. Yum, give it a try! And bless you! (um…joke…cashew=sneeze sound)
The recipe is popular around Christmas and is a great gift for your kids teachers, the mail-carrier, or your boss. Make it and put it in a beautiful tin with a raffia bow and you’re all set.
Serves: 10 servings
- 1 cuup butter
- 1 c. granulated sugar
- 1 tbsb light corn syrup
- 2 c. cashews
- Lightly butter a cookie sheet.
- In a heavy pan cook and stir the butter, sugar and corn syrup over low heat until the butter is melted and the mixture comes to a boil.
- Cook until it starts to turn golden brown (290 degrees F on a candy thermometer) like peanut brittle.
- Remove from heat. Quickly stir in cashews.
- Pour out onto prepared cookie sheet. Cool completely.
- Break up into pieces. Store in airtight container.