Butter Pecan Brittle-Bark
Three treats in one , this recipe for Butter Pecan Brittle-Bark has got it going on. Not just brittle and not just bark, this hybrid of a recipe is also reminiscent of the beloved turtle candy. Whip this up during the holidays and you will be the most popular guest around.
OFF HEAT, STIR IN:
Coat a baking sheet and the back of a large serving spoon with nonstick spray.
Heat sugar, butter, ½ cup water, and corn syrup in a 4-qt. heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium; bring to a boil. Using a pastry brush, wipe sides of pan with warm water just above boiling mixture to melt any sugar crystals. Insert candy thermometer into pan; cook mixture, stirring gently and frequently, until light brown and 295°, about 20 minutes.
Off heat, stir in rum, vanilla, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The mixture will foam up; stir quickly until all ingredients are incorporated. Add 2 cups pecans; stir quickly until evenly distributed.
Pour brittle immediately onto prepared baking sheet and spread into a smooth, ¼-inch-thick layer with prepared spoon. Sprinkle brittle with ½ tsp. salt. Drop chocolate chips evenly over brittle; let stand until softened, about 3 minutes. Chop remaining 1 cup pecans.
Spread chocolate over brittle using an offset spatula; sprinkle with chopped pecans and remaining ½ tsp. salt. Let candy cool completely, then break into pieces.
Because the baking soda will cause the sugar to foam up, be sure to use a long-handled, heatproof spatula.
Package stacks of candy in cellophane bags and tie with ribbon for perfect gifts from your kitchen.
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 111mg 4%
Carbs 15g 5%
Fiber 2g 8%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.