Kiri Aluwa (Sri Lankan Milk Toffee)
At Lexington’s Tuk Tuk Sri Lankan Bites, Chef Samantha Fore serves these sweet and crumbly cashew candies.
makes About 28 squares
This classic Sri Lankan candy is not quite soft, not at all chewy, but not quite crunchy either, with a texture similar to a crumbly Louisiana praline or maple candy. When making this—or any—confection, work with a timer by your side and don’t step away from the stove. While it’s tempting to pull out a candy thermometer, it tends to get in the way when making this particular confection, which must be stirred continuously and vigorously throughout the process; focus instead on practice and visual cues. Larger quantities are difficult to stir and result in uneven results; resist the temptation to double the batch.
Featured in: The 2020 Saveur 100: 81-90
- 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter, plus more for greasing
- 1⁄4 cup turbinado sugar (2.1 oz.)
- One 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
- 1⁄2 tsp. ground green cardamom
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1⁄4 tsp. rosewater
- Pinch of kosher salt
- ½ cup coarsely chopped raw cashews (2½ oz.)