Almond, Cinnamon & Maple Brittle


Almond, Cinnamon & Maple Brittle

Almond, Cinnamon & Maple Brittle

I don't know anyone that doesn't love Maple Syrup. Whether you've grown up on the fake stuff and then grown to love the real stuff or had discerning enough parents to always buy you the real stuff it's simply magic.

Almond, Cinnamon & Maple Brittle

I will admit that life, or at least this recipe, is a lot easier if you do have a sugar thermometer as you will need to reach the hard crack stage and dipping your pinkie in to ferocious 300F temperatures is simply not an option. Otherwise you can test for the hard crack stage by dropping a little into a bowl of cold water and after waiting for a couple of minutes (it's very, very hot, even for those with asbestos hands) it will form hard threads and will break like you want your brittle to when you snap it. It's also important to make sure that you use a heavy based saucepan for the job and if you have cast iron use that instead of aluminium as aluminium tends to have hot spots. However out of the two pieces of pan advice you definitely want to use a heavy based saucepan. I learned the hard way when I stepped away and I had a frightening mess that my steel wool wielding husband had to clean up. Upon reflection it was probably not the wisest decision to make these just before my trip to the dentist but logic plays little part in greed.

Almond, Cinnamon & Maple Brittle

Almond, Cinnamon and Maple Brittle

An original recipe by Not Quite Nigella

  • 400g white sugar

  • 120ml water

  • 300grams maple syrup

  • 300g almonds, slivered

  • 1.5 teaspoon finely grated orange rind

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 2.5 teaspoons bi carbonate of soda

  • 50grams of butter

Step 1 - In a large, heavy based saucepan, combine sugar, water and maple syrup. Stir on low heat to dissolve sugar thoroughly, then increase heat, insert sugar thermometer and boil until it reaches the Hard Crack stage without stirring. It may take some time but you need to be patient and wait for this stage to be reached.

Almond, Cinnamon & Maple Brittle

Step 2 - In a bowl, combine all other ingredients and have them ready to stir into the sugar mixture when ready. Also line 2 baking sheets with non stick parchment.

Step 3 - When the requisite heat has been reached, remove from heat and carefully pour the rest of the ingredients into the sugar mix. It will foam up due to the bicarb. Combine well.

Almond, Cinnamon & Maple Brittle

Step 4 - Spread out mixture onto the baking sheets. Sometimes tilting the sheet I find helps spread it out if it's still fairly hot. It will be very, very hot so be careful. Leave to set (about half an hour to an hour) and crack into pieces and store in an airtight jar interleaved with greaseproof paper.