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I agreed several weeks ago to take part in the Crown Maple Tap to Table Recipe Challenge, which involves using organic maple syrup to make a sweet and savory treat. Since then I've been thinking about what I want to make. The obvious choice might have been to do something with maple and bacon, but because I'm not eating a lot of meat these days, I decided that pecans with salt would be my savory touch.
Today I made Maple Pecan Brittle with Sea Salt, which is a modified version of the peanut brittle recipe I have been using for years. It turned my kitchen into a buttery, pecan- and maple-scented wonderland. I think we have a winner!
Best of all, it avoids the pitfall that makes candy making so daunting: the candy thermometer. This recipe is made in the microwave, so there's no watching pots boil and worrying about burning the mixture. So without further ado, here is the recipe I came up with:
Maple Pecan Brittle with Sea Salt
1/2 cup Crown Maple sugar
1 cup white sugar
1/4 cup Crown Maple Medium Amber syrup
1/2 cup white corn syrup
9.5 oz. pecan halves (unsalted)
1 ½ tsp. butter
1 ½ tsp. Crown Maple Dark Amber syrup
1/2 tsp. salt
1 ½ tsp. baking soda
- Combine white sugar, maple sugar, Crown Maple Medium Amber syrup and corn syrup in a large microwaveable bowl. Microwave on High for 4 minutes.
- Carefully stir in pecan halves. I recommend a silicone spatula for all stirring because they're heatproof and the mixture won't stick to it too much. Microwave on High for 3 minutes.
- Stir in butter, Crown Maple Dark Amber syrup and salt. Microwave on High for two minutes.
- Add baking soda and stir gently until light and foamy.
- Carefully spread mixture onto silicone baking sheet or lightly greased cookie sheet. Quickly sprinkle or grind sea salt lightly over the top.
- Let cool for 1/2 to one hour. Break into small pieces and store in airtight container.
I made this last night for the first time and served it to my husband and his friend, then took most of it to a dinner party. It was a huge hit! People snacked on it before and after dinner and all said it was impossible not to have more after the first piece.