Monday, January 27, 2014

macadamia nut brittle

It's the Australia Day holiday here today and I thought about bringing you something very Australian like lamingtons or pavlova. Instead I've gone a little lateral to bring you macadamia nut brittle. This was on my list of Christmas candies but I just ran out of time so here it is, better late than never.

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Did you know the macadamia nut is native to Australia? Growing up in Brisbane we had a macadamia nut tree in our back yard. I don't ever remember using them in cooking but I used to love cracking the nuts open with a brick. Thankfully these days they're available at my local shops already shelled and good to go.

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The recipe is based on this one I found with a few tweaks. 

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Macadamia Nut Brittle
150 g coarsely chopped unroasted macadamia nuts
pinch salt
heaped ½ teaspoon bicarb soda
½ teaspoon water
½ teaspoon vanilla
¾ cup sugar
¼ cup water
½ cup light corn syrup
25 g butter

Heat the oven to 180°C. Place the nuts on an oven tray and cook for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Lightly sprinkle the nuts with salt and set to one side.

Line a 7 x 11 inch tin with baking paper; spread the nuts evenly over the paper and keep warm in the oven.

In a small bowl, mix the bicarbonate of soda with the ½ teaspoon water, the ½ teaspoon vanilla and set to one side.

Mix the sugar, the ¼ cup water and the corn syrup in a large saucepan. Cook over a medium heat stirring occasionally until the sugar has dissolved. Continue cooking until the mixture turns a light golden brown. 

Immediately remove from the heat and quickly add the bicarb mixture and the butter. The mixture will foam up.Tilt the saucepan from side to side about 10 times to incorporate the butter then pour the toffee mixture over the nuts; quickly spread about 1/4 inch thick. 

Cool completely, at least 1 hour before breaking into pieces. Store in an airtight container.

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The brittle was easy to make and even easier to eat. Once again I managed to polish off most of the brittle without much help at all.

I hope you all enjoyed your weekends. 

See you all again next week,

Jillian

6 comments:

  1. Hello Jilian
    They look delicious.
    Do you have a recipe for lamingtons? I really love them. Some years ago I was in Brisbane and I ate them all they, it's my favorite cake I've ever eaten.
    But here in Switzerland I can not find them. And I don't have a recipe to make them by my self. You would make me so happy. ;-)
    Greetings Evelyn

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    1. Hi Evelyn,

      this recipe is close to the one I use -
      http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/24553/lamingtons

      You need to make the cake the day before you use it and freeze it before cutting it into squares. It helps to keep the cake together while dipping it into the icing. I also added 50 g of melted dark chocolate to the icing recipe to make it more chocolately.

      Lamingtons are delicious so I hope you enjoy the recipe.

      J

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  2. Hello Jillian
    Thank you so much. This day starts just wonderful. :-)
    After trying out the lamingtons, I will create a poste and will inform my readers that I have received the recipe from you.
    I am soooooooooo happy to finally have a recipe for me favorite cake.
    Thank you!
    Greetings Evelyn

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  3. Hello Jillian
    Just that you know it the lamingtons post is online.
    They're delicious! :-)
    THANK YOU

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    1. Hi Evelyn,

      I'm glad the recipe worked for you. I haven't had a home made lamington in a while so I must make a batch when/if I have the time.

      How funny that you studied English in my home town.

      Bye for now,

      J

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