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Homemade Nut Brittle Recipe

I absolutely love nut brittle, and that includes the most commonly found nut brittle of them all: peanut butter brittle. You don't have to look far to turn up an unlimited number of peanut butter brittle recipes; for that reason I won't bother adding another to the already flooded list of available peanut brittle recipes. Instead I'll focus on some different varieties of nut brittle I have come up with over the years that I think are fabulous.

I don't like to eat corn syrup, so I make my nut brittles without it. The reason most nut brittle recipes use corn syrup is because it makes the sugar mix easier to brown without overcooking. If you pay attention to the sugar while it carmelizes, you should not have any problems. However, if you are having difficulties, you may use a half sugar and half corn syrup mix and follow the same instructions. The nut brittle will still turn out great.

The procedure is basically the same for all nut brittles, so I will first list the ingredients for the individual recipes, followed by directions to follow for all of the nut brittle recipes. Each recipe makes a small batch, perfect for your toaster oven. Here are my three favorite nut brittle recipes:

Ingredients for Cinnamon Cashew Brittle

1 cup of sugar

1 tablespoon of water

1 cup of salted cashews

2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing the spatula

1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon

Ingredients for Orange Pistachio Brittle

1 cup of sugar

1 tablespoon of water

1 cup of salted, roasted pistachios

2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing the spatula

2 teaspoons of pure orange extract

1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground nutmeg (yes, it really does make a difference if it's freshly ground)

Ingredients for Vanilla Walnut Brittle

1 cup of vanilla sugar

1 teaspoon of dark molasses (add to water and sugar in beginning of recipe)

1 tablespoon of water

1 cup of walnuts

2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing the spatula

1 tablespoon of good quality pure vanilla extract

Directions

Heat your toaster oven to 350 degrees F.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Grease a spatula with butter and set aside.

Put the sugar and water in a sauce pan and heat over medium heat. The sugar will first melt, then carmelize. During this time, you will mix it by occasionally moving the sauce pan in a circular motion. Do not stir it! This will cause excessively large sugar crystals to form which isn't pleasent in the final texture of the brittle. In about four or five minutes, the sugar should be golden brown. Remove from heat. Add the butter and flavoring (spices or extract,) and stir well. Add the nuts and stir again. Use the greased spatula to spread the mixture on the parchment lined baking sheet. Bake in your toaster oven for 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely before breaking into individual pieces. Enjoy!


 


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