Are you pining for the holidays, or are you ecstatic to have moved on from them? Well, either way, we have a fun surprise for you today!
Well, the tree may be down and the bows stored away for another year, but we had to share this recipe. It was so good, we can’t wait to make it at home.
Need a handmade gift for someone special? This candy, a cross between a bark and a toffee, would fit the bill perfectly!
Pecan Maple “Bark” Brittle
Canada Pavilion, Holidays Around the World
Makes a 15″ x 10″ Cookie Sheet
2 cups butter (4 sticks)
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup maple sugar
1/3 cup water
2 teaspoons maple extract
Chocolate and Pecans
12 ounces, about 2 cups, high-quality semisweet chocolate, chopped, or chips, divided
1 cup chopped pecans, divided
2 teaspoons sea salt, divided
For Maple Brittle:
1. Line two 15″ x 10″ cookie sheets with parchment paper.
2. Combine butter, sugars, water, and maple extract in 4-quart saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until mixture registers between 270-290° F (soft-crack stage).
3. Pour mixture onto 1 cookie sheet and quickly spread as close to the edges as possible before brittle sets. Cool until hard at room temperature.
For Chocolate and Pecans:
1. Place ice in bottom of large bowl and cover ice with a kitchen towel. Set aside.
2. Bring water to a gentle simmer on bottom of a double boiler over medium low heat. Add 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips to top of double boiler and place over heat, making sure the bottom of the bowl is not touching the water. Stir continuously until about 3/4 of the chips are melted.
3. Remove from heat and place on towel in ice bowl and let sit for 20 seconds. Remove from ice and gradually add 1/4 cup chocolate chips, stirring continuously, allowing the residual heat to melt remaining chocolate.
4. Evenly spread melted chocolate onto cooled brittle. Immediately sprinkle 1/2 cup pecans and 1 teaspoon sea salt evenly over chocolate. Allow to harden either at room temperature or refrigerated.
5. Using care, flip the brittle over onto the other lined sheetpan, so that the brittle side is exposed. Repeat Steps 2, 3, 4, with remaining chocolate, pecans, and salt on second side of brittle.
6. Allow to completely harden either at room temperature or in refrigerator; break into pieces and refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
Cook’s Notes: Maple sugar and maple extract can be found online or in specialty grocery stores.
Wishing You Could Recapture the Magic of the Holidays?
Whether it’s January or July, the holidays at Walt Disney World are the most beautiful time of the year! We love flipping through photos to relive the best moments of the season…and planning everything we want to do for next Christmas!
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Will you be making some Pecan Maple “Bark” Brittle at home? Leave us a comment and tell us what you think!