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Spicy Pumpkin Seed Brittle

Spicy Pumpkin Seed BrittleSpiced pumpkin seeds in a simple but trendy brittle elevate the cheese to a complex dessert that is creamy, crunchy, spicy and sweet.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon fine grained sea salt
3/4 cup (4 ounces) hulled spicy roasted pumpkin seeds “pepitas”
Optional: 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes and/or 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Cooking Directions:

  1. Stir together baking soda and melted butter; set aside.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, set aside a second sheet the same size. Butter parchment on one side.
  3. Combine sugar, water and salt in a heavy 2-quart saucepan; bring to a low boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; wash down any sugar crystals on sides of pan with a pastry brush dipped in cold water. Simmer syrup 10 to 12 minutes, until it reaches 240°F (115°C). Remove from heat; with a wooden spoon, add pumpkin seeds and pepper, if desired.
  4. While stirring, return pan to medium-low heat; melt again until mixture turns amber brown and reaches 290°F (145°C).*
  5. Remove from heat; stir in butter-baking soda mixture with wooden spoon. Pour mixture onto prepared cookie sheet; cover with second parchment sheet. Press the mixture with a rolling pin to 1/4-inch thick. Remove top layer of parchment; cool completely; crack brittle.
  6. Store brittle between layers of parchment in a sealed container for up to two weeks.

Makes ? servings.

*If the syrup becomes granular during cooking, continue to cook until it remelts.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Inc.