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Chocolate-Dipped Lavender Pine Nut Brittle Recipe

Chocolate-Dipped Lavender Pine Nut Brittle Recipe

Take a trip to the south of France with is uniquely flavored brittle and the novel Chocolate by Joanne Harris. Vianne, a chocolatier, lends her magic to creating lush chocolates and in the process wins over an entire town.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min. YIELD:24 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4-1/2 cups pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon dried lavender flowers
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound dark chocolate candy coating, coarsely chopped

Directions

  • 1. Grease two 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pans with melted butter; set aside.
  • 2. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup and water. Cook, without stirring, over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 230° (thread stage). Carefully add pine nuts; cook and stir constantly until mixture reaches 300° (hard-crack stage).
  • 3. Remove from the heat; stir in the softened butter, baking soda, vanilla, lavender and salt. Immediately pour into prepared pans. Spread to 1/4-in. thickness. Cool before breaking into pieces.
  • 4. In a microwave, melt chocolate coating; stir until smooth. Dip each candy piece halfway into the melted chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper and let stand until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 3 pounds.

Nutritional Facts

2 ounces equals 390 calories, 21 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 6 mg cholesterol, 191 mg sodium, 49 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 7 g protein.