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Pecan Brittle Recipe
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Pecan Brittle Recipe

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This is a favorite of my family. I love making this candy for Christmas.—Fern Newsom, Dubach, Louisiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon butter, divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 136 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 2 mg cholesterol, 90 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.

Directions

  1. Grease a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pan with 2 teaspoons butter; set aside.
  2. In a 2-qt. microwave-safe glass dish, combine sugar and corn syrup. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 4 minutes or until a candy thermometer reads 238° (soft-ball stage).
  3. Add pecans. Microwave for 4 minutes or until a candy thermometer reads 300° (hard-crack stage). Mixture will be very hot. Vigorously stir in the baking soda, vanilla and remaining butter until blended.
  4. Quickly pour into prepared pan; spread with a metal spatula as thin as possible. Cool completely; break into pieces. Store in an airtight container with waxed paper between layers. Yield: about 1 pound.
Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave. 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 Pecan Brittle in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2008, p69

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 136 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 2 mg cholesterol, 90 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.

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Reviewed Jan. 11, 2015

"thank you so much for this recipe, I have never made any kind of brittle before and this was so easy and delicious, thanks again"

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Reviewed Dec. 27, 2014

"This was horrible and I've made brittle for 20 yrs. I followed the recipe to a "T" and burnt everything...I even used a candy thermometer."

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Reviewed Jul. 6, 2014

"This was wonderful!! And sooo easy. My microwave is a 1,650 watt microwave so I adjusted both cooktimes to be 3 minutes rather than 4. Thank you for including the candy temperatures - that helped me to be confident on the times. It was so good and so easy, I am going to make another batch tomorrow."

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Reviewed Jun. 22, 2014

"Made it just like the recipe said, and I had a hard time getting everybody around to wait for it to cool before they dug in! Smelled and tasted really good. It's actually almost addicting; you can't just eat one piece! Needless to say, I may need to make another batch if I want any tomorrow."

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Reviewed Dec. 27, 2013

"This a fast and easy way to make a very good brittle. I can only say "Make sure you have everything ready to make this." cause it comes together fast."

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