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Brittle with a Bite


Brittle with a Bite

Adapted from Yankee Magazine

1 cup sugar
1/3 cup corn syrup
1 cup water
1 cup Spicy Nut Mix (roughly chopped)

In a medium saucepan over high heat, combine sugar, corn syrup, and water; cook, stirring often until sugar melts.  Cook until temperature reaches 310 degrees (hard crack stage) and mixture becomes amber in color, 15 TO 20 minutes.  As mixture cooks, use a wet pastry brush to push accumulated sugar down from the side of the pan; be careful not to stir mixture.  Now stir in nuts.  Pour carefully onto a baking sheet lined with parchment and spread into a 1/2 inch layer.  Let cool completely (about 30 minutes).  Break into pieces.  Store in an airtight container.

Spicy Nut Mix

1/2 cup unsalted peanuts
1 cup unsalted cashews
1/2 cup unsalted shelled pistachios
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 teaspoons hot sauce (such as Tabasco)
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
1 tablespoon sugar

Heat oven to 300 degrees.  In a large mixing bowl, combine nuts and oil until nuts are well-coated.  Add hot sauce and stir well to coat.   In a separate small bowl, combine remaining ingredients.  Add to nut mixture and stir well to coat.  Turn nuts onto rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment and bake, stirring 2 or 3 times, 15 minutes.  Remove and transfer to another baking sheet to cool.  Yield 2 cups nuts.  Store unused nut mixture in airtight container.

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Tip of the Day: Cracking Nuts

Cracking almonds, pecans and hazelnuts can often be quite a challenge and time consuming affair. To simplify the process, place the nuts on one side of a dishtowel. Fold the other half over the nuts, then using a frying pan or rolling pin, apply pressure to the nuts to gently crack them. The towel will prevent the shells and nuts from flying all over the place and you will save so much time!

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