Craving a crunchy, nutty, and irresistibly sweet treat? Look no further than our delectable Chocolate Nuts Brittle! This delightful confection is a perfect harmony of rich, velvety chocolate, roasted nuts, and a satisfyingly crisp texture that will have your taste buds dancing with joy.
In the confectionery world, our Chocolate Nuts Brittle stands as a testament to the artistry of crafting exquisite treats. This isn’t just a simple snack; it’s a symphony of flavours and textures meticulously composed to create a masterpiece that captivates the senses.
Key Ingredients Needed
- High-Quality Dark Chocolate: Opt for a premium dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa content. The higher cocoa percentage contributes to a more intense chocolate flavour, balancing the sweetness of the brittle. Dark chocolate also provides a smooth and velvety texture, enhancing the overall indulgence.
- Assorted Nuts (Almonds and Pistachio): Almonds bring a delightful crunch, walnuts add a buttery richness, and hazelnuts introduce a hint of earthy sweetness. The combination of these nuts not only diversifies the texture but also imparts a spectrum of flavours, creating a well-rounded and satisfying brittle experience.
- Granulated Sugar: Granulated sugar is the foundation for creating the caramelized sweetness in the brittle. As it melts and caramelizes, it transforms into a golden syrup that binds the nuts and chocolate together. This process contributes to the brittle’s signature crunch and glossy appearance.
- Light Corn Syrup: Light corn syrup is added to the caramel base for its viscosity and ability to prevent crystallization. It contributes a touch of sweetness and a smoother texture to the caramel, ensuring a glossy finish for the brittle.
- Butter: Butter adds a luxurious richness to the brittle, enhancing its overall mouthfeel. It also aids in achieving a smooth and creamy texture in the caramel, ensuring that every bite is a perfect balance of sweetness and buttery goodness.
- Baking Soda: Baking soda introduces tiny air bubbles during the cooking process, resulting in a lighter and more delicate texture. This addition elevates the brittle, providing a satisfying crispiness that contrasts beautifully with the other textures.
- A Pinch of Sea Salt: A small amount of sea salt acts as a flavour enhancer, elevating the sweetness of the chocolate and caramel while providing a subtle contrast. The saltiness helps to balance the overall taste, preventing the brittle from becoming overly sweet and adding a sophisticated touch to the flavour profile.
Combining these high-quality ingredients in precise proportions is the key to achieving the perfect Chocolate Nuts Brittle. The careful selection and thoughtful preparation of each element contribute to a treat that is not only delicious but also showcases the complexity of flavours and textures that make it truly irresistible.
Preparation for Chocolate Nuts Brittle
- Melt the Chocolate: Begin by melting high-quality dark chocolate until smooth and velvety.
- Toast the Nuts: Toast a generous handful of almonds, walnuts, and hazelnuts in a dry pan until fragrant. Set aside.
- Prepare the Caramel Base: In a saucepan, combine granulated sugar, light corn syrup, and butter over medium heat. Stir continuously until the sugar dissolves and the mixture turns a beautiful amber colour.
- Incorporate Baking Soda: Carefully stir in a pinch of baking soda once the caramel has achieved a rich amber hue. This addition will create tiny air bubbles in the brittle, resulting in a lighter and airier texture.
- Combine with Chocolate: Fold the melted chocolate into the caramel mixture, creating a luscious, glossy blend. Add the toasted nuts and a pinch of sea salt, ensuring an even distribution of flavours.
- Spread and Cool: Pour the mixture onto a parchment-lined tray, spreading it evenly. Allow it to cool and solidify at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
- Break into Irresistible Pieces: Once set, break the Chocolate Nuts Brittle into satisfyingly crisp pieces.
Indulge in the symphony of textures as you savour the crispy, chocolaty goodness of our updated Chocolate Nuts Brittle. The incorporation of light corn syrup and baking soda adds a delightful lightness, complementing the rich flavours for a truly decadent experience. This enhanced recipe promises a brittle that not only captures the essence of premium ingredients but also introduces a delightful airiness that will leave you reaching for seconds.
Chocolate Nuts Brittle
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups (12 oz./375 g.) sugar
1 cup (10 oz./315 g.) light corn syrup
3 Tbs. unsalted butter
1 lb. (500 g.) pistachios
- Preheat the oven to 250ºF (120ºC). Generously butter 2 rimmed baking sheets and place in the oven. In a small bowl, stir the baking soda, vanilla and 1 teaspoon water.
- In a large, heavy saucepan, cook the sugar, corn syrup and 1 cup (8 fl. oz./250 ml.) water over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar crystals, until the mixture is clear and reads 240ºF (115ºC) on a candy thermometer, 4-5 minutes. Stir in the butter and pistachios and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture has thickened and the thermometer reads 300ºF (150ºC). Watch carefully to prevent the mixture from burning. Remove from the heat and immediately stir in the baking soda mixture. Be careful, as the mixture will bubble up.
- Remove the baking sheets from the oven. Carefully pour half of the candy mixture onto each warm baking sheet and quickly spread it into an even layer about 1/4 inch (6 mm.) thick. Set aside to cool for about 1 hour. Lift the edge of the brittle and break it into large or small pieces. Makes about 2 lb. (1 kg.).