Pistachio Praline Bars
These crisp pistachio pralines, not unlike brittle, can be cut to any size. Packaged individually or in clusters, they're just right for doling out coworkers or setting out for Santa.
- Yield: Makes thirty 1 1/2-inch squares
Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2007
- Vegetable oil
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 10 ounces shelled raw pistachios, finely chopped (2 cups)
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
Lightly coat a 13-by-9-inch rimmed baking sheet with oil. Line with parchment, allowing 2 inches to hang over the long sides. Bring sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, tilting pan to swirl and washing down sides with a wet pastry brush to prevent crystals from forming. Boil, without stirring, until mixture turns medium amber, 10 to 12 minutes.
Remove from heat, and stir in pistachios and salt. Pour mixture onto prepared baking sheet, and quickly spread evenly with an offset spatula. Let cool until just set but still soft, about 2 minutes. Using the parchment as handles, transfer warm praline to a cutting board. Immediately cut praline into bars of desired size using a serrated knife lightly coated with oil. Let cool completely.