Pine Nut Brittle Recipe

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 4 tablespoons (½ stick/2 ounces) unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 cups pine nuts
  1. Line a 13-by-9 inch jelly-roll pan with parchment or wax paper, then lightly grease the paper with nonstick cooking spray or butter.
  2. In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, stir the sugar and water together. Add the butter and corn syrup and clip a candy thermometer to the side of the pan. Place the pan over medium-high heat and bring the mixture a boil. Turn up the heat to high and continue to cook until the mixture turns deep golden brown and registers 350°F on the candy thermometer.
  3. Immediately turn off the heat and very carefully remove the candy thermometer. Stir in the salt with a large wooden spoon, a slotted metal spoon, or a heatproof spatula, then stir in the pine nuts. Make sure the caramel coats all the nuts.
  4. Turn the mixture out onto the jelly-roll pan, and using a spatula, spread it toward the sides of the pan so the nuts are in a single layer. Let the brittle cool completely before breaking it into pieces and storing in an airtight plastic container. Keep in a cool, dry place for up to 2 weeks.