With Halloween behind us time to think about Thanksgiving as it will be here before we know it. This recipe is very easy to make and is delicious (husband approved!). It would be great for a hostess gift or just to set out in a bowl. One batch (minus the ones that hubby needed to taste to make sure it was "OK.") made three small bags which I intend to use as a little take-home gift for my Thanksgiving guests.
First thing to do is to gather the simple ingredients and put the 1 cup of pepitas onto a Silpat mat and put in a 300 degree for about 10 minutes until a little toasted, bring them out and sprinkle with salt and let them cool. This step is optional but I like the flavor better if the seeds are a little toasted.
Pumpkin Seed Brittle
1/2 cup butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup shelled, raw pumpkin seeds, toasted
Melt butter over medium heat, stir in sugar, spices and honey (spray your measuring device with non-stick spray for the honey). Bring to a boil and let it boil until 280 degrees on candy thermometer, approximately five minutes. Stir in the roasted pumpkin seeds and cook until mixture reaches 300 degrees about two minutes. Pour onto the Silpat mat (or buttered parchment paper on a cookie sheet). Let it cool completely and break into pieces and store in container or gift bags.
The pumpkin seeds have been added....
Poured onto the Silpat mat...cooling....
I admit I struggled with my label design. Finally I went to The Graphic's Fairy and found this great frame, made it orange and added my information and some graphics and now I am happy. Will put the link below for the graphic. Feel free to copy and paste this label.
Even though I only needed three labels because I was making a lami-label I did a full sheet of six so as to not waste the label. I did not put the date on them so I can use at anytime. If you have not used a lami-label it is a two part sheet and you lift the top and insert your paper that you have printed out and then run it through a laminator and voila you have labels as the back pulls off and it is sticky. I have a laminator but if you do not most of the Fedex Business (Kinkos) offices carry them and you could run off your sheet of labels and go to them and ask them to do the lami-label. Not sure of the cost but I do buy lami-labels from them and I think I pay $1 a piece for the 8 1/2 by 11 size. I love to use them for canning jars too.
I simply cut around the curves of the frame, peeled off the back and pressed to the front of a food safe cellophane bag. Ready to fill and tie with a ribbon. You could always print your labels off on an 8 1/2 x 11 full sheet label and they would be great - just not laminated.
Cooks Note: This is probably the easiest candy I make and making candy is not hard if you follow the directions but one thing I like to mention when people ask about making candy and that is not all thermometers are made equal, we live at different elevations, etc. so when making candy watch the thermometer but use your eyes and your nose too - that is if the recipe states that a certain temp should be reached and your candy is starting to smell like it might burn or the color is getting way too dark - pull it off, or at least that always works for me.
Cellophane bags, Wilton
Pumpkin seeds (pepitos)-bulk foods aisle of your grocery store
Frame graphic for label, The Graphic's Fairy
Font used for label, ChopinScript, 38.25 pt.
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