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Almond Brittle

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 20:22  by Jessica W.

Are you in need of simple gifts to share with loved ones? Or tasty sweets that celebrate the season but won’t wreak havoc on your health? This delicious snack does both. Almond brittle looks beautiful wrapped in paper and tied with ribbons and bells. Also, the healthy fats and fiber in almonds help regulate mood and benefit cardiovascular health. For an added boost of nutrition, add hemp, chia or pumpkin seeds, or a mix of all three.

This brittle looks beautiful broken up and used to decorate cheesecake and other confections. For a morning sweet tooth, toss pieces on your granola and Greek yogurt. It’ll sweeten your breakfast without the need for a less healthy, sweetened yogurt.

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups toasted almonds
  • 3 cups sugar
  • ¼ cup water (optional)
  • Butter or almond oil for greasing cookie sheet

Preparation:

  1. Add sugar to a saucepan and cook on high heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar begins to sweat and liquefy.
  2. Add a bit of the water to help if necessary.
  3. Continue cooking the sugar until it becomes a deep, rich brown.
  4. Be careful not too overcook as it scorches quickly.
  5. Add almonds to the sugar and mix well.
  6. Continue cooking for a few more minutes, making sure the almonds are fully coated in the sugar.
  7. Remove mixture from heat and spread onto the buttered cookie sheet to the desired thickness.
  8. Allow to cool for 30 minutes before breaking into pieces.

Once you’ve seen how easy this recipe really is, it’s fun to try with a variety of different ingredients: try pecan, pumpkin and dried cranberry; sea salt, almond and chia seed; hazelnut and cacao nib; macadamia and coconut or a combination of your favorite nuts.

Because of the high temperature of the sugar, adult supervision is needed, but this can make a fun project for children to create their own brittle combinations.

Last modified on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 20:35

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