Pumpkin Seed Brittle

pumpkinseed brittlePrep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
12 servings

Ingredients:

• 1 cup sugar
• 1/2 cup water
• 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
• 3/4 cup raw green (hulled) pumpkin seeds (not toasted; 4 ounces)

Special equipment: parchment paper; a candy thermometer

Preparation:

Put a 24- by 12-inch sheet of parchment on a work surface and anchor corners with pieces of tape. Bring sugar, water, and sea salt to a boil in a 2-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Cook mixture, without stirring, washing down any sugar crystals from side of pan with a pastry brush dipped in cold water, until syrup registers 238°F (soft-ball stage) on thermometer, 10 to 12 minutes (sugar syrup will be colorless). Remove from heat and stir in seeds with a wooden spoon, then continue stirring until syrup crystallizes, 3 to 4 minutes.

Return pan to moderate heat and cook, stirring constantly, until sugar melts completely (sugar will continue to dry and become grainy before melting) and turns a deep caramel color, 4 to 5 minutes more (seeds will be toasted). Carefully pour hot caramel mixture onto parchment and carefully cover with another sheet. Immediately roll out(between sheets of parchment) as thinly as possible with a rolling pin, pressing firmly. Remove top sheet of parchment and immediately cut brittle into pieces with a heavy knife or pizza wheel. Cool brittle completely, then peel paper from bottom. (Alternately, break brittle into pieces once cool.)

Tip

Brittle can be made 2 weeks ahead and kept, layers separated by wax paper, in an airtight container