Toffee nut brittle
Toffee brittle seems quite the decadent treat for me, must be all that sugar and the thought of what it is doing for my teeth but hey, it is Christmas - the perfect time for indulgence, plus it is fun to make and can be a good one to involve children in. Use whatever nuts you wish and invest in a candy thermometer, which prevents any angst regarding whether it will set or not. Do pour the toffee quickly on to the tray, which you need to tip as you go so it spreads, or else you will have a thick set lump before you know it.
1. Grease the oven tray.
2. In a heavy saucepan over a medium heat, put in the water, sugar and corn syrup. Stir until the sugar has dissolved, then stir in the peanuts, pecans and salt.
3. Either set a candy thermometer and stir the mixture frequently until the temperature reaches 150C or until a small amount dropped into cold water becomes hard and brittle threads.
4. Remove from the heat and quickly stir in the butter and baking soda.
5. Pour on to the oven tray and leave until cold. Break into pieces.
Tip: Corn syrup is often used when making sweets and can be found among sugars in specialty food stores and some supermarkets. Light honey and golden syrup can be used as an alternative but the flavour will obviously be altered.