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Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Homemade Pecan Praline Brittle

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This pecan brittle is a great treat to serve guests if you are planning a Christmas office party, Christmas eve gathering or any holiday occasion. Tasty and simple it's sure to be a hit. It also makes for a wonderful gift for that hard-to-shop-for fellow in your life. If you can't find any pecans readily available where you live, South Carolina's own Golden Kernel Pecan Company can ship them to you, see *link at the bottom of this recipe!

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup water
2 cups pecans pieces (you can substitute walnuts if you don't have pecans)
1 teaspoon baking soda

Extra items needed:
Wax paper
candy thermometer

Place wax paper on a large baking sheet and set aside. Keep a bowl of ice cold water nearby to test brittle. In a heavy 2-quart saucepan, mix together sugar, corn syrup and water. Continue stirring and cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and mixture comes to a boil. You can now stop stirring and allow mixture to continue heating until temperature on a candy thermometer reaches right around 280° or until a small amount of mixture separates into strands/threads which are hard/firm but not brittle when dropped into cold cold water.

Add in pecans and stir and allow mixture to continue to boil. Stirring frequently, cook until temperature reaches right at 300° or until a small amount of mixture dropped into very cold water separates into threads/strands which are hard and brittle. Mixture should be golden brown. Remove from heat.

Stir in baking soda. Spread onto wax paper on baking sheet. Cool. Break into pieces. Store in an airtight container.

**Note: If you live at higher altitudes, you will have to adjust the temperatures accordingly.


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