It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! This week, to finish off my 5 Weeks of Cookies Gift Guide, I am sharing the recipe for my favorite holiday Butter Cashew Brittle. This crisp, buttery, melt in your mouth brittle will be the crowning jewel in this year's cookie gift tins. What!? Candy making is like...hard and stuff. Pssshhaaa! Follow my steps and you'll be surprised at just how easy this brittle is to make. No candy thermometers or strings attached! And if you happen to have a few pieces left over after the gift tins have been filled, crumble it over vanilla ice cream for an indulgent treat. You can thank me later.
Butter Cashew Brittle- adapted from Everyday Food
Non-stick cooking spray
2 cups sugar
1 cup water
½ cup light corn syrup
½ tsp course salt
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
½ tsp baking soda
1 lb roasted and lightly salted cashews
Rimmed baking sheet
Heavy bottomed pan (I use this All-Clad stainless steel pan)
1. Measure out all ingredients and have them ready and in reach of your stove top as this recipe comes together quickly!
2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with a silicone mat (I use this Silpat liner) and lightly coat with cooking spray.
3. Spray a spatula with non-stick spray and have it ready next to your prepared baking sheet.
3. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, salt and water. Stir to combine with a wooden spoon, (This is the only time you will stir the sugar until step 4), clean and dry spoon. Next, bring sugar mixture to a rapid simmer over medium-high and cook watching closely until it turns a deep golden color, about 20 minutes so be patient. *While the sugar cooks, do not walk away...once it turns a deep golden brown you need to immediately remove from heat and move to step 4.
4. Remove pan from heat. Stir in butter, baking soda and cashews (mixture with foam). Rapidly stir with wooden spoon until mixture is no longer bubbling and caramel is smooth, about 1 minute.
5. Transfer to prepared sheet pan and work quickly to spread out evenly with lightly greased spatula. Let cool until firm, 15 minutes.
6. Break into pieces (Store brittle in an airtight container at room temp for up to 3 weeks)
*Note: Please use caution when working with hot sugar and make sure your "little elves" stay out of the kitchen during this process. Enjoy!