Fiery (or Not) Almond Brittle
Enjoy a little heat with this ultra crunchy candy treat. Or, leave out those ingredients to savor the buttery tones, sweetness, and almonds.
- 2 Tablespoons Challenge Butter
- ⅛ teaspoon ground red pepper
- ¾ teaspoon crushed red chile pepper
- 1 cup white sugar
- ½ cup light corn syrup
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1¼ cup whole raw almonds
- ¾ teaspoon baking soda
1Butter a large cookie sheet; set aside. (a silicon baking sheet could be used instead).
2In a small custard cup, melt the butter (microwave High for about 30 seconds).
3Stir in the peppers; and set aside.
4In a 2-quart glass batter bowl, combine sugar, corn syrup and salt. Microwave on High for 3 minutes. (The syrup will be boiling rapidly, about 275°F – soft crack stage.)
5Stir the mixture and add almonds. Microwave on High an additional 5 to 6 minutes, stirring about half way through the cooking time. (The syrup will be light brown – about 350°F – hard crack stage).
6Stir in the butter/pepper mixture. Sprinkle baking soda over mixture, stirring constantly.
7Immediately pour mixture onto prepared cookie sheet.
8Cool; then break into pieces.
9Store in an airtight container.
!Omit ground red pepper and crushed chile pepper to eliminate the touch of “fire”. Microwave times are based on 950 to 1000 Watt oven; for 650 to 700 Watt oven increase cook times by a minute at each stage.