Sunday, December 19, 2010

Pecan Brittle

No need for a candy thermometer with this easy recipe! My sister and I made it for my dad today. We made several batches and this is the recipe that we finally came up with. Yummy!

*Since all stoves cook at different heats, be certain to watch carefully to prevent burning. Trust me; it makes a stinky mess :)

1 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups pecans (or other nuts)
2 tsp baking soda

-Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and butter.
-Heat sugar, butter and corn syrup on medium heat in sauce pan until mixture is dissolved and it starts to boil.
-Once it starts to boil, stop stirring and let boil for 6-8 minutes or until golden brown.
-Let it cook a about one minute longer or until it has gotten one shade darker. This will happen quickly.
-Stir in vanilla and salt until well incorporated.
-Stir in pecans and cook until color is a rich golden brown, about one more minute.
-Remove from heat and add baking soda. It will get all foamy. Stir until color is even throughout.
-Pour immediately onto buttered foil and spread thin with a silicone spatula. (I sprayed mine with cooking spray to be extra careful.)
-Let cool. Break into pieces.

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