Welcome to another one of my how to series, this one is "how to: nut brittle" I will share with you the easiest way to make a gorgeous nut brittle. It's only 2 ingredients! (plus salt!)
What is nut brittle and how do I use it?
Nut brittle is a type of confection made from hard sugar candy and embedded with nuts. It's delicious eaten on it's own as a treat, or it can make a beautiful dessert garnish! You can add in any type of nuts that you like such as peanuts, pecans, walnuts, pistachios..etc.
What do I need to make it?
This version is incredibly basic, all you need is:
- Granulated sugar
- Nuts of your choice
- Salt (I like to use a coarse grain salt for texture )
Here's what you need for "How to: nut brittle":
- A pot
- Baking sheet lined with parchment paper
Start by caramelizing the sugar over medium heat for approximately 10-15 minutes. When the sugar is dark in color and evenly bubbling, toss in the chopped nuts. Working quickly, transfer the mixture to a parchment lined baking sheet and spread evenly. Top with coarse salt if desired. Cool for 2 hours. Break or cut into pieces.
Feel free to use whatever nuts you'd like! My family is obsessed with pistachios and I love the inside color, so I coarsely chopped them. If you use raw nuts, I would suggest adding the coarse salt at the end for a sweet and salty flavor. If you choose to use roasted and salted, I would skip the extra salt.
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How to: Nut brittle
- 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
- 1 ⅓ cups roughly chopped or whole nuts of your choice raw or roasted and unsalted
- pinch of salt coarse grind for texture or use salted roasted nuts
- Place a pot on the stove over medium heat.
- Pour in the sugar and let it melt or caramelize. This can take anywhere from a few minutes to 15-20 minutes. Keep a close eye on it, be patient and don't stir!
- When the sugar is totally dissolved, dark in color, and begins to lightly bubble evenly, pour in the nuts.
- Immediately transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet. Careful! It's super hot. Quickly spread it out into an even layer. Top with coarse salt if desired and let the brittle cool for at least 2 hours.
- Break or cut into pieces.
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