Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Recipe #101: Toasted Cashew and Bacon Brittle...Totally Sublime!

I love cashews...have all my life.  I love bacon...have all my life.  This brittle recipe joins all the hype of putting bacon on everything.   It's addictive, that's for sure, and once you start, you won't be able to stop....



1 cup raw cashews                                                    8-9 pieces of bacon
2 cups sugar                                                              3/4 cup water
1/2 tsp kosher salt



Heat oven to 400.  While oven is heating, place cashews on a baking sheet and toast in the oven, stirring once or twice, until deep brown, about 10-12 minutes.  Cool slightly on a cutting board, then coarsely chop and set aside.  When oven is ready, place bacon on a rimmed baking sheet and roast until deep brown and well done, about 15 minutes.  You can also brown the bacon the old fashioned way using a fry pan.  Remove to a paper towel lined plate to cool.  Crumble.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.   Set aside.  Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan over high heat and stir until sugar has dissolved, about 3 minutes.  Cook, swirling the pan occasionally (do not stir) until mixture is deep amber and registers 350 on a candy thermometer, about 10-15 minutes.  Immediately remove the pan from the heat.  Carefully add cashews, bacon and salt to the caramel and stir to combine.  Immediately pour mixture onto the center of the prepared baking sheet.  Let sit at room temperature until hardened, about 20 minutes.  Let cool completely, then break into shards.   Bon appetit!







Toast the cashews in the oven...


Cook the bacon on a large rimmed heavy cookie sheet...


No splatters from a pan...


OMG...This is great!

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