Cajun Pecan Brittle

Spicy, sweet, salty, nutty - and completely addicting.


2 cups sugar

1 cup light corn syrup

2 cups pecans, very coarsely chopped

2 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon baking soda


In a large, heavy sauce pan, combine sugar and corn syrup.  Cook over medium heat, stirring, until it turns a deep caramel color (it will take 15 - 20 minutes).  Stir in pecans and remove from heat.  Add butter, salt and cayenne.  Then stir in baking soda.  

Spread  mixture onto a buttered 11" x 17" baking pan with sides.  Allow to cool and harden, uncovered, at room temperature for an hour.  With a small, sharp knife, chip out a corner of the brittle.  Then, with your hands, break it all up.  Store in an air-tight container at room temperature.