Brittle help

Discussion in 'Pastries & Baking' started by mpshort, Oct 14, 2004.

  1. mpshort


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    Would someone please share their foolproof recipe for brittle? I am having the hardest time finding one that actually works! I will be mixing toasted coconut and macadamia nuts. TIA!
  2. zukerig


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    Possibly the chemistry & method in this preparation will be successful in your kitchen:

    Per ½ lb of nuts (I’ve used pecans & peanuts – but, alas never the pricey macadamias!), combine the nuts w/ 1 cup each white granulated sugar & light corn syrup. Cook in saucepan until mixture reaches hard-crack stage (295°). Remove pan from heat, stir in 1 Tbsp baking soda; stir down the foam and then spread the mixture onto an oiled baking sheet or marble slab.. Of course, for evenly sectioned pieces, I suppose you could spread it on parchment paper bordered by perimeter bars, and score it, much like for taffy. However, with brittle you’ll want to stretch it out for a thinner setting.

    Alternatively, one can produce a top-grade caramel-cashew brittle:

    2 cups granulated sugar
    8 fl. oz. light corn syrup
    8 fl. oz water
    ½ lb cashews
    1 oz. butter
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    1 tsp soda

    Note: Butter & baking soda ensure that your brittle will be opaque, rather than cheaply clear. Melt first 3 ingredients; stir in nuts at 265°. (Control crystallization accordingly.) Cook, stirring often, till mixture reads 310°. Add butter & vanilla. Incorporate soda. Pour onto slab. Wearing those heat-proof neoprene gloves, use scraper to loosen & stretch brittle mixture. When, completely cool, break into pieces.

    Btw, use the flaked or ribbon coconut, instead of shredded in your recipe.