Nut and Sesame Brittle Nut and Sesame Brittle

Nut and Sesame Brittle Image by: Jodi Pudge Author: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

This treat tastes like a cross between traditional peanut brittle and sesame crisps. Salted nuts add a nice contrast to the sweet, sticky corn syrup. For the best results, be sure to use an accurate digital candy thermometer.

  • Prep time 30 minutes
  • Total time 1 hour & 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cups white corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups salted mixed cashews, pecans and/or macadamia nuts
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds , toasted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 teaspoons baking soda

Method

In large saucepan, bring sugar, corn syrup and 3/4 cup water to boil over medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Boil, without stirring but brushing down side of pan with pastry brush dipped in cold water, until candy thermometer reads 235°F or 1 tsp mixture dropped in cold water forms soft pliable ball, about 10 minutes.

Stir in butter and salt; boil, without stirring but brushing down side of pan with pastry brush dipped in cold water, until candy thermometer reads 300°F or 1 tsp mixture dropped in cold water forms hard brittle threads, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Immediately stir in nuts, sesame seeds, vanilla and baking soda.

Immediately pour onto parchment paper–lined baking sheet. Using greased offset palette knife, spread in even layer to desired thickness. Let cool completely in pan. Break into shards. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container in cool dark place for up to 1 week.)

Makes about 16 pieces.

Nutritional facts Per piece: about

  • Fibre 1 g
  • Sodium 172 mg
  • Sugars 42 g
  • Protein 3 g
  • Calories 340
  • Total fat 15 g
  • Potassium 96 mg
  • Cholesterol 6 mg
  • Saturated fat 3 g
  • Total carbohydrate 53 g

%RDI

  • Iron 6
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 2
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 1
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 2
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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