Makes about 2 pounds
James Carrier

How to Make It

Step 1

Line a 10- by 15-inch baking pan with cooking parchment; generously butter parchment (or generously butter a nonstick pan). Spread cashews in another baking pan. In a 350° regular or convection oven, bake until golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes.

Step 2

Combine sugar, corn syrup, and 1 cup water in a 2- to 3-quart pan. Set over medium heat and stir just until sugar is dissolved, 4 to 5 minutes. Increase heat to high and boil without stirring until syrup is amber-colored (330° to 335° on a candy thermometer; see notes), 12 to 20 minutes. When sugar begins to brown around edges of pan, swirl mixture in pan gently to ensure that syrup caramelizes evenly.

Step 3

Remove from heat and, working quickly, carefully stir in warm cashews and the five spice and salt. Mixture will foam; when foaming subsides slightly, pour mixture into prepared baking pan and use a heatproof flexible spatula to spread into a thin, even layer. Let stand in a cool, dry place until cool and hard to touch, at least 1 hour.

Step 4

Break brittle into pieces. Store airtight up to 2 weeks.

Step 5

Nutritional analysis per ounce.

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