Basic Nut Brittle

Although I am specific in my instructions below as to how far to cook the sugar, I always go just beyond that, to almost burning it. Well, the truth is, as you can imagine, that it started out as a mistake but now I do it on purpose: I love the resulting caramelly, almost chocolately taste.

Basic Nut Brittle
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  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 ½- 2 cups chopped nuts
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Butter an offset spatula.
  2. Place sugar and water in a large saucepan (larger than you imagine you will need) and bring to a boil over high heat and continue cooking until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture begins to boil, about 5 minutes.
  3. Lower the heat to medium and simmer until it is cinnamon-y brown and reaches 300 degrees, about 12- 15 minutes.
  4. Quickly stir in the nuts and pour immediately onto the prepared sheet. Using the prepared spatula, spread the brittle as thinly as possible.
  5. Set aside to cool completely. Break into large pieces. Store in an airtight container.