Light and Crisp Holiday Nut Brittle

I gave my immediate family 2 to 3 boxes each of nut brittle to enjoy this Christmas and I got nothing but praise, especially for the pecan flavor. This brittle is unique in a way that it is actually light and “airy” and not rock hard like the traditional brittle I have had my whole life. It doesn’t stick to your teeth or make you feel like you’re about to break a tooth off trying to bite into it. It’s also very easy because the whole batch can be made in about 5 minutes in the microwave, not 45 minutes over a hot stove with a candy thermometer.

 

Ingredients :

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped nuts ( I recommend anything but peanuts, I had a ‘chewy’ batch when I used peanuts )
  • 1 tablespoon margarine ( I used Blue Bonnet Light with good results )
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • lightly oiled cookie sheet

* Make sure you use a glass, microwave safe bowl, and that you have a good oven mitt handy, because this mixture will get extremely HOT, probably around 350 degrees.

 

To Make :

 

Mix sugar, light corn syrup and salt thoroughly in your microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high, uncovered for 2.5 minutes. Remove (carefully! Sugar burns are bad news), and stir. Mix in your chopped nuts and microwave again for 2 1/2 minutes, uncovered on high. Remove and stir. Mix in margarine and vanilla. Microwave 1 minute. This is the part that moves very, very quickly so make sure to have a wooden spoon and a greased cookie sheet available and ready to go. Remove from the microwave and mix in baking soda. Stir thoroughly and quickly, as it will start to foam almost instantly. Once thoroughly mixed, pour onto baking sheet, and do NOT touch for at least 2 hours. Let set at room temperature without interruption. Break into pieces and keep in an air tight container.

 

* While making this I had 2 batches that came out too chewy, and ended up trashing them. Apparently the humidity in my house was too high and made them not set as well as the other batches. I did not want to give them to family, because they stuck to your teeth and could possibly have been a choking hazard to the older people I care about. I made a total of probably 10 batches. I’d say each batch should make roughly 15 – 2 inch pieces give or take. 

 

 

 

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