Almond nut brittle with orange zest

Cracked nut brittle

Nicki Trench's recipes for homemade, old-fashioned sweetie treats are perfect as presents or make them with the kids and keep them for yourselves...

These traditional crunchy bites have the magical ingredient of a hint of orange and will be a hit with family and friends of any age; they are also quick and easy and are an instant crowd pleaser. The almonds have to be baked first in the oven take care not to forget about them or the mixture will taste burnt.

  • 200 g (7 oz) whole almonds, blanched
  • 450 g (14 oz) granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 100 g (3½ oz) flaked almonds
  • finely grated zest of 1 orange
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4.
  2. Spread the whole almonds in a 23 cm (9 in) square baking tin, lined with baking parchment. Gently roast in the oven for approximately 10 minutes or until they are light golden. Set aside.
  3. Put the sugar and golden syrup in a heavy-based saucepan and heat over a low heat until all the sugar has dissolved and reaches the soft-crack stage, 132°C (270°F) on a sugar thermometer, stirring continuously. Remove from the heat and stir in the flaked almonds and orange zest.
  4. Pour the sugar syrup into the baking tin and flatten slightly with a metal spoon. Leave to cool.
  5. When the brittle is completely solid, turn it out onto a work surface or chopping board and break it up into shards using a small hammer or rolling pin. Store in an airtight container.

Sweet Temptation by Nicki Trench is published by Cico Books and is available, for £9.99 hardback, from all good bookshops.

  • words
  • photos David Merewether