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Pistachio Brittle

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  • Makes:

    1 lb (454 g)

  • Calories:

    495

Ingredients

Brittle

  • 1 cup (250 ml) sugar
  • 1 cup (250 ml) corn syrup
  • 3 (45 ml)  tbsp of water
  • seeds from one vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) butter, plus butter for tray
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) baking soda
  • 1 cup (250 ml) shelled pistachios
  • pinch of Fleur de sel or sea salt to finish

 Directions

  1. Line a rimmed baking sheet (11x7x2 inch) (28x17x5 cm) with foil and butter lightly.
  2. In a medium sized saucepan with high sides add the sugar and corn syrup to 3 tablespoons of water.  Stir over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Add vanilla bean seeds or vanilla extract.
  3. While cooking place 1 cup (250 ml) of water in a container and using a pastry brush; brush down the sides of the pan with water to prevent crystallization.
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil, and cook until a thermometer registers 295F (146C).  About 15 minutes.
  5. Add the butter and pistachios and kosher salt.  Cook until temperature reaches 300F (148C). Caramel should be golden brown.
  6. Sprinkle with baking soda and stir to combine. The mixture will bubble slightly.
  7. Using a spatula; immediately spread the caramel onto the prepared baking tray. Spread evenly and thin about ¼ inch (.31 cm) thickness. Sprinkle with salt and allow to set 1 hour.
  8. Break into desired pieces.
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