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Walnut Brittle

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke
Yield 24 servings (serving size: about 1 ounce)
Laden with walnuts, this brittle recipe is wonderful served crushed over low-fat vanilla ice cream. While cooking the sugar mixture, place the prepared jelly-roll pan in a 200° oven for about 10 minutes. This will help the mixture stay warm and pliable so you can spread it quickly and easily.

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light-colored corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutrition Information

  • calories 125
  • caloriesfromfat 39 %
  • fat 5.4 g
  • satfat 0.8 g
  • monofat 0.8 g
  • polyfat 3.6 g
  • protein 1.2 g
  • carbohydrate 19.9 g
  • fiber 0.5 g
  • cholesterol 1 mg
  • iron 0.2 mg
  • sodium 91 mg
  • calcium 9 mg

How to Make It

  1. Line a jelly-roll pan with parchment paper, and coat paper lightly with cooking spray.

  2. Combine sugar, light-colored corn syrup, 1/2 cup water, and butter in a heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Cook 20 minutes or until a candy thermometer registers 275°. Stir in walnuts; cook 2 minutes or until candy thermometer registers 295°, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in baking soda and vanilla (mixture will bubble). Quickly pour mixture onto prepared pan; spread to 1/4-inch thickness using a wooden spoon coated with cooking spray. Cool completely; using a wooden spoon, break brittle into bite-sized pieces.