Simple Pecan Brittle

I wanted to put together a nice and simple pecan brittle recipe that was fast to make for a quick home treat or a great gift to pass on to others. I actually made this up as Christmas gifts for some of our friends. I really like this recipe, it makes a very yummy treat. I’ll warn you its hard to stop munching on it.

If you want some more caramel-based treats try out: Salted Caramel Pretzel Bites or these Salted Caramel Chocolates.

Simple Pecan Brittle

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This recipe makes one tray of brittle. If broken into 30 pieces, each piece is roughly 116 calories.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup pecans (coarsely chopped)
  • 1 Cup whipping or double cream
  • 5 Tbs unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn or golden syrup
  • 1/4 cup water

Directions:

  1. Line a large baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Spread the chopped up pecans across the baking tray.  DSC_0452
  3. In a small sauce pan, bring together the cream, butter, vanilla and salt over a medium heat until it begins to boil. Set aside.
  4. Combine the sugar, corn syrup and water in a large sauce pan. Use water and a silicone brush to wash down the sides of the pot. Make sure the sugar is fully saturated by gently stirring with silicone spatula.
  5. Bring the sugar mixture to a boil over medium heat, when the edges of the mixture begin to darken, swirl the pot gently for even heating until the caramel is a deep amber colour (about 270 F).                         DSC_0463
  6. Turn off the heat and add the cream mixture, careful as it will bubble up.    DSC_0464
  7. When the bubbling calms, return to a low heat and place in a candy thermometer.
  8. Heat until the caramel is about 250 F (10ish minutes), mix frequently.
    • Remember to wash down the sides of the pot with water, if the caramel starts to smoke or small burnt its gone too far and you will need to start again. Patience and paying attention are key.                           DSC_0466
  9. Pour the caramel over the nuts on the baking tray. Make sure to pour it all around as the caramel cools very rapidly and you won’t have time to spread it out very much.
  10. Allow the caramel to cool completely.
  11. Take the large piece and break it up into shards for serving.       DSC_0469
  12. Now much through and enjoy or package it up for a nice gift!

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Here is an easy to print version:

Simple Pecan Brittle

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup pecans (coarsely chopped)
  • 1 Cup whipping or double cream
  • 5 Tbs unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn or golden syrup
  • 1/4 cup water

Directions:

  1. Line a large baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Spread the chopped up pecans across the baking tray.
  3. In a small sauce pan, bring together the cream, butter, vanilla and salt over a medium heat until it begins to boil. Set aside.
  4. Combine the sugar, corn syrup and water in a large sauce pan. Use water and a silicone brush to wash down the sides of the pot. Make sure the sugar is fully saturated by gently stirring with silicone spatula.
  5. Bring the sugar mixture to a boil over medium heat, when the edges of the mixture begin to darken, swirl the pot gently for even heating until the caramel is a deep amber colour (about 270 F).
  6. Turn off the heat and add the cream mixture, careful as it will bubble up.
  7. When the bubbling calms, return to a low heat and place in a candy thermometer.
  8. Heat until the caramel is about 250 F (10ish minutes), mix frequently.
    • Remember to wash down the sides of the pot with water, if the caramel starts to smoke or small burnt its gone too far and you will need to start again. Patience and paying attention are key.
  9. Pour the caramel over the nuts on the baking tray. Make sure to pour it all around as the caramel cools very rapidly and you won’t have time to spread it out very much.
  10. Allow the caramel to cool completely.
  11. Take the large piece and break it up into shards for serving.
  12. Now much through and enjoy or package it up for a nice gift!
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