Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sweet Melissa Sundays: Brittle

It's such a bummer when a recipe is going along nicely and in the last few minutes it goes bad. That's what happened with this brittle. I was getting a nice slow caramel color and approaching 340 degree mark on my candy thermometer. Only 8 more degrees to go...except in those few short minutes the color went from honey caramel color to burnt sienna. Emphasis on the burnt. I was hopeful it might not really be burned. Yep, it sure was.

I have had trouble with candy in the past...perhaps my candy thermometer isn't quite right...yeah, I'm sure that's it.

I attempted to make cashew brittle this time around since I was unable to make it with Sweet Melissa Sundays 2 weeks ago. Practice would have been helpful today!

Thank you JoVonn for hosting this week! For the recipe head over to JoVonn's blog, the The Givens Chronicles. To see how other bakers did with their brittle click here.


  1. Sorry to hear you had issues with this recipe. To be honest, I had issues with the recipe upon reading it so I decided to stick to my standby brittle recipe. I have it posted on my blog, in case you'd like to give candy making another try. On the picture, the brittle doesn't look burnt though...
    Hope you're recovering well!!

  2. Your brittle looks great! I added pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice to mine, which gave it an orange-ish color. I found the temperature to be too high but fortunately it didn't burn.

  3. My first batch burned too. I won't be using that 348 anymore. It looks great in the pic though. Thanks for trying along with me.

  4. Your brittle looks great, never would have guess the sugar burned. I actually used a different recipe, as there had been reports this recipe was a bit problematic.

  5. Gloria, too bad it didn't turn out. One time I made caramel, had my back turned to reread the recipe and when I turned around... smoke everywhere! Win some, lose some. The 348º did seem a bit high. (I stopped mine at 300º.) Hope the next time you try it comes out.

  6. I think the temperature was just too high on this recipe!! It's so frusrating when a recipe doesn't turn out! On a lower temperature burner, it turns out well. I sure kept an eye on it, though!