I thought I would share my recipe for nut brittle with you craftsters ^.^
Its very easy to make and can easily be doubled to make a bigger batch, and you can use any nuts you like.
Combine in a large saucepan:
1 cup sugar (I like to use half white and half brown, you can use all white if you like)
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a small bowl or dish, prepare
2 tablespoons butter, cut into bits,
1 teaspoon baking soda
Set this aside so it is ready for use at the end of the cooking.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and put it to warm in a 150 degree oven. This will make it easier to spread later.
Bring the sugar mixture to a gentle boil over medium heat and put a candy thermometer in. Stir constantly. When the mixture reaches 250 degrees (Fahrenheit) slowly stir in:
1 cup raw cashews
1 cup raw macadamia nuts (or any combination of nuts you prefer. Pecans are awesome!)
Keep stirring constantly so the nuts don't burn. Its important to add the nuts gradually so that they do not bring down the temperature of the mixture too far. As the temperature passes 270, it will climb very quickly, so its important to keep stirring and not turn your attention away. Keep stirring until the sugar mix reaches 305. When it reaches 305 Fahrenheit remove from heat immediately and add the butter and baking soda, stir to distribute, but not too vigorously. When all of the butter is melted (it will happen fast!) and it is all foamy, pour it slowly onto your parchment paper/warmed cookie sheet, with a circular motion. You can spread it around with the spoon but try not to smoosh it too much, or you will break all the lovely bubbles that the baking soda made and it will be harder and more dense. During this last stage its important to keep kids and pets out of the kitchen, and don't let them joggle your elbow. If you get any of this on you, this is what will happen:
Sick Burn. Try not to get it on you because seriously sugar burns are very very painful.
Set the sheet of brittle aside to cool. If it is cold out you can set it outside but if you simply cannot wait you can cool it in the freezer. When the brittle is cold and brittle, break it apart! (its fun!)
Try not to eat too much of it.
(the raw nuts you can get at Vitamin Cottage. Yay Vitamin Cottage!)