I’m so easy lately. Wait, that came out wrong. Can I start again?
I’m the queen of easy recipes lately. First, I gave you sticky buns made in 30 minutes with the help of frozen puff pastry. Then, I gave you macaroni and cheese that you make in a blender. A blender! And now, I give you brittle made in the microwave in 10 minutes.
My Mom made this recipe with salted peanuts when I was growing up. The baking process is dangerous, though, so I wasn’t allowed to help. I would watch from a safe distance while the sugar turned from clear to golden. I loved the part when she stirred in the baking soda and the brittle foamed up. So, just because this recipe is easy and consists of dumping 3 ingredients into a bowl and placing it in the microwave does not mean that your kids can help you. We’re dealing with sugar that is almost 300 degrees. You should also resist the urge to lick the spoon. It looks like hard candy, but it’s actually hot lava when it comes out of the microwave.
Please watch your brittle in the microwave while it cooks, especially after you add the almonds. If your sugar turns dark brown or black, it’s ruined. Sorry, start over. That said, don’t be afraid for the sugar to turn a rich amber color. Sugar must reach a certain temperature before it will set into the proper hardness of brittle. At most, you might need to shave 15 seconds off your cooking time. Any more than that and your brittle won’t set up. Use a very deep bowl because boil-overs are disasterous. Also, use raw almonds, or your nuts will taste burnt in the final product. You could also use raw peanuts, but in my experiments, they only need 2 minutes in the microwave after they’ve been added to the sugar in step #2.
One final tip: you might fear that your bowl is ruined after you’ve made the brittle. To clean your bowl, simply fill it up with warm water, let it set for an hour and the excess candy will dissolve. No scrubbing required!
After all those warnings and complicated instructions, I should tell you that this brittle is very delicious and quite impressive, too! The Mr. is always impressed by my homemade candy making skills. Speaking of, did you see our engagement photos here? You’re welcome ;)
Makes less than 1 pound of brittle, about 10 pieces
- 1/4 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup whole raw almonds
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- First, have ready a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. In a large deep bowl, stir together the corn syrup and sugar. Place in the microwave on high for 3 minutes.
- After 3 minutes have passed, stir in the almonds and salt. Return the mixture to the microwave for another 2 1/2 minutes. This is the part where you have to watch to make sure it doesn't burn.
- Next, stir in the butter and vanilla. Microwave for another 30 seconds.
- Remove the bowl from the microwave and immediatley stir in the baking soda. Be careful-it foams up slightly. Then, immediately pour the mixture on the pan and spread it out quickly. Let set until cool, about 30 minutes, then break into pieces.