Line a jelly-roll pan with parchment paper. Combine sugar and syrup in a 2-quart glass bowl. Microwave at HIGH 3 minutes (sugar mixture will be clear and bubbly). Stir in almonds. Microwave at HIGH 3 minutes or until mixture is a light caramel color, stirring every minute. Stir in butter, vanilla, and salt. Microwave at HIGH 1 1/2 minutes or until mixture is the color of peanut butter. Add baking soda, and stir until texture is foamy. Quickly pour mixture onto prepared pan. Spread to 1/4-inch thickness. Let stand 30 minutes. Break brittle into pieces, and store in an airtight container for up to a week.
Delicious and super easy! I've never made brittle before and I'd like to warn others about how dangerous it is- I have a scar on my hand from where a bit of the liquid landed, and I accidentally melted a plastic tablespoon measure while putting cold water on it and a silicone mini spatula. Tasted great with dry-roasted lightly salted peanuts.
Easy to make! Definitely don't toast the almonds before--the toasting takes place while cooking. Tasted great, mine were not too sticky. It was so easy, and all of my guests were impressed it was homemade!
Fantastic. I very lightly toasted half slivered almonds and half chopped cashews and they tasted very slightly over-toasted. Next time I won't toast them at all. Just out of this world good. Highly addictive. Not sure I should make this again because it's hard to stop eating it. I don't give many recipes 5 stars, but this deserves it! Oh, and my advice is to be sure to use a bowl with a handle and one that won't get too hot!