Brittle is a type of confection, consisting of flat broken pieces of hard sugar candy embedded with nuts such as pecans, almonds, or peanuts. That’s the boring definition of this Holiday (or any day) treat. The fun way to describe this buttery, nutty goodness is it’s a melt in your mouth, crunchy, rich candy that is easy to make. Super easy. Microwave easy. Okay, so that’s quite a few ways to describe it. I just can’t say enough about brittle, any brittle…almond, peanut, cashews…it’s just as yummy with any nut you choose. Make it twice as nice and add two nut varieties. Another plus to this confection is that it’s perfect for gift giving and packages well for mailing to your loved ones too. I am crazy for BRITTLE!!!!
(courtesy Martha Stewart)
Nonstick cooking spray
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups mixed nuts, such as pecan halves, cashews, pistachios, coarsely chopped if large
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- Spray a rimmed baking sheet and a wide metal spatula with cooking spray; set aside.
- In a 2-quart glass measuring cup, combine sugar, corn syrup, and salt, stirring until sugar is moistened. Microwave on high for 4 minutes. Stir in butter and nuts; return to microwave for about 5 minutes, until the sugar mixture is thick, bubbly, and very pale brown in color. Mixture is very hot; use handle when holding and pouring.
- Remove from microwave, stir in vanilla and baking soda (mixture may foam up). Immediately pour onto prepared baking sheet, spreading mixture as thinly as possible with the prepared spatula. Let stand 20 minutes until hardened, then lift off sheet, and break brittle into bite-size pieces.