Chocolate-Dipped Lavender Pine Nut Brittle
Take a trip to the south of France with is uniquely flavored brittle. It makes a lovely addition to any candy spread.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Total TimePrep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.
- 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
- Grease two 15x10x1-in. pans with melted butter; set aside.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Editor's NoteLook for dried lavender flowers in spice shops. If using lavender from the garden, make sure it hasn’t been treated with chemicals.
Nutrition Facts2 ounces: 390 calories, 21g fat (7g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 191mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.
Originally published as Chocolate-Dipped Lavender Pine Nut Brittle in Taste of Home Christmas Annual 2012