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Catholic Recipe: Almond and Honey Ring


  • 1 pound blanched almonds (4 cups)
  • 1/2 cup honey


Serves: 8

Yield: 1 jelly roll pan

Prep Time: 3 hours

Difficulty: • •

Cost: $$$$

For Ages:15+



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This feast day is celebrated in remembrance of the infants of Bethlehem who were slain by the order of King Herod, who believed the newborn Christ to be a rival king. Thus on December 28 we honor the Holy Innocents as the first martyrs.

Almonds are a symbol of infancy and innocence, and we should use them in at least one dish that is to be served on this day.

Here is a traditional Italian Christmas confection that combines the Biblical ingredients of honey and almonds.


Cut almonds into slivers. Arrange in a single layer in jelly roll pan. Bake in slow oven (300°) 30 minutes, or until golden, stirring occasionally. Heat honey in large heavy frying pan until it has boiled 1 minute; add hot almonds; blend together with wooden spoon until mixture clings together — about 2 minutes. Brush wooden board with water; turn mixture onto board; dip hands in water, and shape quickly into round ring; use back of wooden spoon to shape center of ring. Sprinkle with colored candies, if you wish. Allow to cool on board 1 hour; then wrap in aluminum foil. It keeps well for weeks. Center may be filled with ice cream, if desired.

Recipe Source: Cook's Blessings, The by Demetria Taylor, Random House, New York, 1965