Nut brittle

Nut brittle

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Encyclopedia of Food and Cookery
Makes
1 kg

Nut brittle is a clear, hard toffee well flavoured with nuts, either peanuts, pecans, Brazil nuts or some other combination. It is best made with corn syrup, which is available from specialist grocery stores and some delicatessens.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
250ml water
440g sugar
250ml light corn syrup
320g raw peanuts or brazil nuts
or 200g pecans
1 teaspoon salt
30g butter
1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

Method

  1. Place water in a large heavy saucepan and bring to the boil. Remove from heat and stir in sugar until dissolved. Stir in corn syrup, nuts and salt.
  2. Return to medium heat and cook until hard crack stage, stirring occasionally to keep nuts submerged so they cook thoroughly and toffee syrup does not burn. Remove from heat and stir in butter and bicarbonate of soda.
  3. Pour into a well‑buttered slice tin. When cool, crack into pieces and store in an airtight container.

Note

  • To test for hard crack stage without a sugar thermometer, drop ½ teaspoon toffee into cold water. It should make brittle threads that stay brittle when removed from water.
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