"Nutcracker" Mixed-Nut Brittle in the Microwave
What are the holidays without "The Nutcracker"? Inspired by all the mixed nuts that make their way into the house at this time of year, and by the many versions of "The Nutcracker" on TV and in live productions everywhere, enjoy this quick mixed nut brittle-type candy made in your microwave in minutes! Measure out all ingredients beforehand, because this recipe comes together very quickly.
- Serves: 12 persons
- 1serving cooking spray
- 1cup white sugar
- ½cup light corn syrup
- 1½ cups mixed raw nut halves and pieces
- 1tablespoon unsalted butter, or more as needed
- 1teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1teaspoon baking soda
- ½teaspoon coarse sea salt, or to taste
Step 1Butter a 10x15-inch baking sheet or line with parchment paper.
Step 2Spray a heatproof spoon with cooking spray. Stir sugar and corn syrup together in a 2-quart microwave-safe bowl using the greased spoon. Microwave on high until very bubbly, 2 1/2 to 4 minutes.
Step 3Quickly stir in nuts and butter. Continue microwaving until bubbles begin to take on a light caramel color, another 2 1/2 to 4 minutes. Watch carefully to make sure the nuts don't burn. Add vanilla extract and baking soda, stirring quickly until bubbly and combined.
Step 4Immediately pour mixture onto the prepared sheet pan in a thin layer. Sprinkle with sea salt. Allow to cool and set before breaking into pieces, 30 to 40 minutes.