Amidst the holiday season, there’s a timeless tradition that transforms the kitchen into a festive haven of warmth and sweetness – holiday baking. This Christmas, embark on a culinary adventure with loved ones and savor the joy of crafting this irresistible cashew brittle together.
Gathering Ingredients: This recipe begins with simple ingredients – butter, sugar, corn syrup, water and, of course, the star of the show, cashews. Assemble your ingredients and let the holiday spirit infuse the air.
Caramelization: In a bustling kitchen filled with laughter and anticipation, watch as butter and sugar meld into a golden caramel symphony. A caramelly scent fills the air as it creates a frothy, aromatic masterpiece.
The Crunch of Christmas: As roasted cashews join the dance, the kitchen is enveloped in the rich, nutty aroma. Pour the molten magic onto a parchment-lined sheet, spreading it thin to achieve the perfect balance of crunch and sweetness.
Artistry in Breaking: The fun of this recipe lies in breaking the brittle into jagged, golden shards. In a chorus of laughter and clinking, each piece becomes a canvas for artistic arrangement.
Savoring the Sweet Moments: Gather around the table and savor the fruits of your labor. The brittle, now a mosaic of caramel and cashews, is not just a treat for the taste buds but a symbol of shared joy and cherished memories.
This Christmastime, let the tradition of making cashew brittle become a beacon of togetherness. You’ve created not just a confection but a sweet symphony of love and connection that will linger in the hearts of those you share it with. May your holiday season be filled with the magic of making and savoring these delightful moments.
- 1 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 cup butter (3 sticks)
- 3 tbsp corn syrup
- 3 tbsp water
- 1 1/2 cup cashews
- In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt the unsalted butter over medium heat.
- Stir in the water, granulated sugar and corn syrup. Continue to stir until the sugar dissolves completely.
- Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Use a candy thermometer to monitor the temperature. Cook until the mixture reaches 300°F (hard crack stage), stirring occasionally.
- Remove the saucepan from heat. Add cashews, mixing well to ensure they are evenly distributed.
- Immediately pour the hot mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Use a spatula to spread it into an even layer, ensuring a thin and consistent thickness.
- Allow to cool completely. Once set, break it into bite-sized pieces. The brittle will be firm and have a satisfying snap.