Chocolate-Dipped Lavender Pine Nut Brittle Recipe
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Chocolate-Dipped Lavender Pine Nut Brittle Recipe

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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.
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 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 McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon dried lavender flowers
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound dark chocolate candy coating, coarsely chopped

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.

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.
Editor's Note: Look for dried lavender flowers in spice shops. If using lavender from the garden, make sure it hasn’t been treated with chemicals. We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.
Originally published as Chocolate-Dipped Lavender Pine Nut Brittle in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2012, p159

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.

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