Spiced Almond Brittle

Metric version of recipe

Yields 8 portions

Ingredient Amount
Sugar ½ cup
Corn syrup 2 Tbsp.
Brandy 1 Tbsp.
Salt 1 tsp.
Butter (1/2 stick) 1/4 cup
Baking powder 1/8 tsp.
Smoked paprika (pimentón) ¼ tsp.
Chili powder ¼ tsp.
Chipotle powder ¼ tsp.
Almonds slivers, toasted ½ cup


  1. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat. In a heavy, medium saucepan combine the sugar, corn syrup, brandy, and salt and stir together with a wooden spoon, cover the pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Uncover the pot and brush down any stray sugar crystals with a wet pastry brush. Turn the heat to high, insert a thermometer, and cook until the mixture is golden brown and has reached 325°F, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and wait until the caramel stops bubbling.
  2. Add butter and baking powder and stir until incorporated. Add the spices and almonds and combine well.
  3. Pour the mixture out onto the prepared baking sheet and spread to an 1/8-inch thickness. Allow to cool thoroughly, then break into pieces. Store in an airtight container, with wax paper separating each layer of brittle, for up to a week in a cool, dry place.

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Recipe credit: Sondra Bernstein for Valley Fig Growers, as presented at the Worlds of Flavor International Conference & Festival. Published with permission of the author. All rights reserved. Presented at the World Marketplace on Friday, Nov. 3, 2006.

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