Pistachio, Pecan and Bacon Brittle Pistachio, Pecan and Bacon Brittle

Pistachio, Pecan and Bacon Brittle | Food styling by Michael Elliott | Prop styling Laura Branson Image by: Jodi Pudge

Bacon gives sweet and savoury flavour to this unexpected spin on nut brittle that's inspired by candied bacon. For an even more indulgent treat, we've also swapped out standard peanuts for salty pistachios and buttery pecans.

  • Prep time 45 minutes
  • Total time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cups light-colour corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped salted pistachios
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup cooked chopped bacon (about 10 strips)
  • 3/4 teaspoons baking soda

Method

Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper; lightly grease parchment paper. Set aside.

In large heavy-bottomed saucepan, cook sugar, corn syrup and ¾ cup water over medium heat, stirring, just until sugar is dissolved; bring to boil. Boil, without stirring but brushing down side of pan with pastry brush dipped in cold water, until candy thermometer reads 234°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 pistachios, pecans, bacon and baking soda until combined. Using greased offset palette knife, spread onto prepared pan in thin even layer. Let cool completely in pan. Break into 2-inch shards. (Make-ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container; store in cool dark place for up to 1 week.)

Makes about 30 pieces.

Nutritional facts Per piece: about

  • Fibre 1 g
  • Sodium 103 mg
  • Sugars 27 g
  • Protein 2 g
  • Calories 169
  • Total fat 7 g
  • Potassium 67 mg
  • Cholesterol 5 mg
  • Saturated fat 2 g
  • Total carbohydrate 30 g

%RDI

  • Iron 2
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 1
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 1
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 1
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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Pistachio, Pecan and Bacon Brittle

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