Sunday, September 09, 2012

Nut Brittle

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1/4 golden corn syrup
1 1/2 cups salted peanuts 
In a large saucepan, combine butter, sugar and corn syrup. Cook and stir with a wooden spoon over medium heat until melted, smooth and bubbly. Cover and cook for 1 minute.
Add nuts and increase heat to medium-high. Cook, uncovered, stirring constantly until nuts are lightly browned and syrup is a warm golden colour, about 5 minutes.
Pour mixture onto a foil-lined and lightly buttered baking sheet, spreading as thinly aspossible. Cool until hard. Peel candy from foil and break into pieces.

 Brittle can be stored, tightly covered, at room temperature for up to 5 days.

I've substituted peanuts with cashews, and added coconut. Very yummy.

Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake

1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts (or both)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/2 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup plain or vanilla yogurt

Preheat oven to 350F

- Mix together topping ingredients and set aside.
-Mix together dry ingredients and set aside.
-In another bowl, beat together butter and sugar.
-Add eggs and continue to beat until light and fluffy.
-Turn 2/3 of batter into a well buttered 9' pan.
-Sprinkle with 2/3 of the topping mixture.
-Carefully swirl knife tip through the batter and topping.
-Add remaining batter.
-Bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes, or until knife comes out clean.

This cake is nice and light and fluffy.