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Level
very easy
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
40
Makes
1 lb (500 g) brittle

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups
sugar
375 mL
1/3 cup
corn syrup
75 mL
3/4 cup
pine nuts, lightly toasted
175 mL
3 tbsp
unsalted butter
45 mL
1 tsp
baking soda
5 mL
1 tsp
finely grated orange zest
5 mL
1 tsp
finely chopped fresh rosemary
5 mL
1 tsp
flaked sea salt or kosher salt
5 mL

Directions

Step 1
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. In large heavy saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup and 1/2 cup (125 mL) water over medium-low heat, stirring until sugar is melted, about 5 min.
Step 2
Increase heat to medium and bring mixture to a boil. Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer inserted into syrup reaches soft ball stage, 235°F (118°C), 15 to 18 min. Occasionally brush inside of saucepan just above syrup with heatproof pastry brush dipped in cold water (this prevents hard bits of candy from forming around edge).
Step 3
Stir in pine nuts and butter. Continue to heat and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture reaches 300 °F (149°C), the hard crack stage. Mix in baking soda, orange zest, rosemary and salt. (Mixture will bubble up.) Immediately pour mixture onto prepared baking sheet and use a heatproof spatula to spread into 1/4-in. (5-mm) thick layer. Cool completely.
Step 4
Break candy into pieces. Layer between pieces of waxed paper in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Tip

If you don't have a candy thermometer, test candy doneness by dropping a teaspoonful of the hot syrup into a cup of cold water. At the soft ball stage, the syrup will form a malleable ball. At the hard crack stage, the syrup will form hard brittle threads.

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Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Description:
Per serving (40 g):
Calories:
160
Fat:
6
Saturated Fat:
2
Carbs:
25
Fibre:
1
Sugar:
24
Cholesterol:
5 mg
Protein:
1
Sodium:
240 mg
Potassium:
0