Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Hazelnut Almond Brittle

Brittle..who doesn't love it?  It's nuts covered in sugar and left to dry into a crunchy block of toffee goodness.  You know what else it is?  Super easy!  All you need is a bowl, a microwave and 10 minutes. 

You can make this with any nut or combination.  You can add dried fruit or even toffee nuts if you want to get real crazy.  I think dried mango and cashew brittle sounds awesome.  Or maybe even dried strawberry and macadamia nuts.  You can get very creative with this.  I used hazelnuts and almonds because that's what I had and it is fantastic.  You could skip the nuts all together and make a brittle full of seeds.

This is a great make a head recipe as it stays good for weeks, if not longer, and is relatively cheap and definitely simple.  Older kids can make this themselves and pack it in pretty cellophane bags for great homemade gifts to teachers or friends.  Little kids can still help too, they would be great for doing all the smashing!  

Hazelnut Almond Brittle

1 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Light Corn Syrup
1 teaspoon Butter
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Cup Nuts, chopped
You can add anything you want, as long as it's something that won't melt

*Be very careful when handling the bowl from the microwave, the sugar/bowl will be hot!*

Prepare a baking sheet by covering it with aluminum foil and lightly greasing it with non stick spray.

Combine sugar and corn syrup in a large microwave safe bowl until well blended.  Heat on high for FOUR minutes.  Remove from the microwave and stir in nuts and/or other additions. Mix well.  Return to microwave for FOUR minutes.

Remove from the microwave and stir in butter and vanilla.  Return to microwave for two minutes.

Stir in baking soda until it is nice and foamy, then immediately pour onto prepared baking sheet and quickly spread out with a greased spatula.  Try to get it thin, but make sure there are no holes. 

Let cool and set for 30 - 45 minutes, depending on thickness.  Smash it apart into desired size pieces and store in an airtight container.

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Lauren said...

You are tremendously funny and your recipes look awesome. I'm going to read through your archives now, which will translate to "family emergency" tomorrow morning when my boss is wondering where my latest project is.

Jenna said...

Thank you so much! The fact that you would risk losing your job to read my blog makes my heart swell <3 If he threatens you just bring him some brittle or give him my phone number, I'll handle him.

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