This past weekend, we decided to embark on a "brittle" journey, subbing out the classic peanuts, for macadamia nuts, orange zest, crushed pepper corns, and dried cranberries. We may have gotten a little ahead of ourselves with the amount of ingredients, but I'll get to that later.
The flavor of the brittle was delicious- light citrus from the orange, lovely toasty goodness from the macadamia nuts, sweet tart flavor of cranberries...however the brittle wasn't brittle. Though it stuck to everything, and formed a solid mass on every utensil we used, the actual brittle never hardened enough to lose it's full tacky texture. Each piece we broke off rendered in a "soft" break, rather than the crisp "hard" break that we were looking for. I believe that this issue comes from not cooking the sugar mix long enough, and to be honest- we probably just had too much STUFF mixed in. Unfortunately this error made it pretty impossible to eat as every bite would stick to your teeth and make the whole experience rather unpleasant. Definitely not a successful first attempt.
We are definitely going to try again, hopefully with much more brittle-y brittle!