Spicy Asian Brittle

For a milder version, eliminate the wasabi peas and red pepper.

  • Yield: Makes 1 1/2 pounds

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups almonds, toasted
  • 1 1/2 cups cashews, toasted
  • 1/2 cup wasabi peas
  • 1/2 cup sesame sticks
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce

Directions

  1. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat baking mat; set aside. In a medium bowl, stir together the almonds, cashews, wasabi peas, sesame sticks, sesame seeds, pepper flakes, and ginger.

  2. In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, stir together sugar and 1/2 cup water until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil, brushing down sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush to prevent sugar crystals from forming.

  3. Cook until mixture registers 300 degrees on a candy thermometer (hard-crack stage), about 10 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in the soy sauce, and add nut mixture, stirring to coat.

  4. Pour onto prepared baking sheet. Use the back of an oiled spoon to flatten; let cool completely. Break brittle into bite-size pieces. Nut brittle can be stored in an airtight container up to 1 week.

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