Need a last minute gift, or do you just want to use up those left over nuts?
This is your lucky day.
Better yet? Everything you need is probably already in your pantry.
I don't know about you, but when I am baking, I always have nuts left over. I never have enough of one nut to make that recipe again. Well, look no further because I have a recipe for all those leftover nuts.
I am sure you have all heard of peanut brittle-but why should peanuts have all the fun? In this recipe, you can use any nuts. This particular time, I used peanuts, cashews, almonds, pecans and hazelnuts. This brittle is great as a snack, or as a last minute gift idea. Package it up and bring as a hostess gift or serve it in a pretty dish at your next party. Your family and friends will love it and no one will guess how easy this recipe is!
The best part? If you are so lucky and have some of this nut brittle left over, break it up in even smaller pieces and sprinkle on ice cream.
Mixed Nut Brittle
1/2 cup of water
1 stick of butter
1/2 cup of corn syrup
2 cups of sugar
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
12 oz of salted mixed nuts
sea salt for finishing(optional)
In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, water, butter and corn syrup and vanilla and bring to a boil. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until it is light brown and registers 300 on a candy thermometer or about 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the baking soda. Be careful the baking soda makes the mixture bubble. Quickly stir in the nuts, them immediately pour on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Using an offset spatula or the back of a spoon, spread the brittle in a thin layer. You can sprinkle with salt at this point. Let the brittle cool completely and break into pieces.