The desserts of The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook are something else. They're simple, almost starkly so. You might find yourself asking, is that all it takes to make something that looks that good? In the case of chocolate covered toffee, the answer is a resounding yes. It doesn't get simpler than semi-dark chocolate and buttery caramel. Adding toasted pumpkin seeds amps up the fat, and sea salt gives it that addictive quality that makes such treats disappear so quickly.
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Even though Edible DIY 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.
This Black-and-White Sesame Brittle from Kir Jensen's The Sugar Cube is ideal to bring along to any dinner party, simple to make, impressive to gift, and a sweet treat to nibble on after any meal.
When Morning Glory Confections promises vivid, unique flavors in their artisan brittles, they deliver. These brittles go way beyond peanut and cashew, with flavors like New Mexico Chili and Pumpkin Seed or Chai Tea and Cashew.
I'm a total wet mop during Halloween. Every year of my adult life, the ghoulish holiday comes and goes without the slightest bat of an eyelash. I made plans to attend a party one year and even sketched out a costume, but nothing ever came of it. I flaked and stayed home. As a kid, it was very different.
When you get a crunchy bite, the brittle's half-dozen elements hit you all at once. White and yellow tortilla chip shards jut through a base of sparingly sweet, tequila-laced brittle, joined by toasted pumpkin seeds and sprinkled in lime and chile de arbol.
Airy sponge cake is sliced, filled, and covered with whipped cream, then encrusted with crunchy coffee-flavored brittle and adorned with slivered almonds. The original, I decided, needed some sprucing up, though, so I increased the coffee flavor and incorporated coarse chunks of toasted almonds into the brittle. The combination of cloud-like cake and shattering candy coating is nothing if not irresistible.