Bake the Book: Spicy Pumpkin Seed Pecan Brittle

[Photograph Steve Legato]

Even though Edible DIY: Simple, Giftable Recipes to Savor and Share presents this as more of an autumn treat, there's no reason to confine the flavors of cinnamon, fleur de sel, and a kick of cayenne to one season. Liven up winter's monotony with the sweetly spicy crunch of this brittle.

Tips: Just like with our last feature, the Liddabit Sweets Candy Cookbook, you'll need a candy thermometer to properly execute this recipe. The syrup needs to measure 300°F, or reach the 'hard crack' stage; this means that when the syrup is drizzled into cold water, it forms brittle threads. Use this test if you absolutely cannot find a candy thermometer.

Tweaks: For more of a kick, double the cayenne. Or, omit it entirely and add some nutmeg and powdered ginger. A 1/4 teaspoon of each should do the trick.

Get the Recipe

Spicy Pumpkin Seed Pecan Brittle »

As always with our Bake the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of Edible DIY to give away.

Serious Eats Newsletters

Keep up with our latest recipes, tips, techniques and where to eat!

Comments can take up to a minute to appear - please be patient!

Previewing your comment: