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Basic Brittle

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  • Yield: Makes 1 sheet (about 9 by 11 inches)
Basic Brittle

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2010

Ingredients

  • Vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • Mix-ins, according to variation

Directions

  1. Coat a 12-by-17-inch rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Bring sugar and corn syrup to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring and brushing down sides with a wet pastry brush to prevent sugar crystals from forming, until sugar dissolves. Cook, swirling occasionally, until mixture just starts to turn golden around edge.

  2. Stir in mix-ins. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture is pale amber, about 8 minutes. Pour onto baking sheet without spreading. Let cool. Break into pieces.

Cook's Notes

Brittle can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

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