Salted Maple Pecan Brittle ~ this homemade brittle recipe is as easy as pie, made with pure maple syrup (no corn syrup!) toasted pecans, butter, and brown sugar. It’s all natural and fabulously light, crisp, and delicious.
This deep rich golden pecan brittle has all the flavors of fall rolled up into one fabulous homemade candy!
When it comes to homemade desserts and homemade food gifties you can’t beat brittle…it’s easy, it’s fun to make and eat, and it’s so much more interesting than the same old plate of brownies. This one is made with pure maple syrup and toasted pecans for a really special flavor.
What you’ll need to make maple brittle
- a 2 quart (medium to large) saucepan, preferably a heavy bottomed one so the mixture will cook evenly. It has to be deep enough to allow the maple sugar mixture to foam up without overflowing.
- a candy thermometer. this type of thermometer is made for candy and deep frying, it clips onto the side of the pan.
- A baking sheet
- parchment paper
How to make maple brittle
The process of making brittle is simple and straightforward, but, like all candy making, precision is key.
- Attach a candy thermometer to the side of a medium saucepan.
- Heat brown sugar and maple syrup to a rolling boil, stirring occasionally.
- Add butter and continue to cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture reaches 300F
- Take off the heat and quickly stir in nuts, salt, and baking soda.
- Quickly pour onto a parchment lined baking sheet and spread out thinly.
- Let harden at room temperature before breaking into pieces.
How to store maple brittle
Store the brittle in an airtight container, with pieces of waxed paper between layer to prevent sticking.
Keep the candy in a cool, dry place, away from heat and sunlight, which will make it sticky.
How long does maple brittle keep
It will keep for about 2 months
Love maple? So do I! Here are more maple recipes to try from the archives ~
- Salted Maple Caramel Sauce
- Maple Glazed Oatmeal Cookies
- Maple Walnut Ice Cream
- Baked Brie with Apples, Pecans, and Maple Syrup
Salted Maple Pecan Brittle
- a clip on candy thermometer
- blaking sheet
- parchment paper or a silicone mat
- 1 packed cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup maple syrup
- 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 cup chopped toasted pecans
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Put the sugar and maple syrup in a heavy bottomed saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring every once in a while to dissolve the sugar.
- Add the butter and continue to cook over medium heat until the thermometer just reaches 300F. Watch it very carefully toward the end because the mixture can burn.
- Just as the thermometer comes to 300F remove the pan from the heat and add the nuts, salt, and baking soda. Stir quickly to combine and then immediately pour onto your prepared baking sheet, spreading out thinly.
- Let the brittle cool at room temperature until hard, then break into pieces.