The fall semester is officially over. I have finished grading, filing, averaging…..finally. All our PhD applications are mailed out, sent into the void along with all our wishing and hoping. It was stressful but it feels good to be done with it and sit back and wait.
The streets in Nacogdoches feel lighter and it’s nice. I am ready for a break. In three days the three of us will be hopping into our car and drive to Ruidoso, New Mexico. Bryan's grandparents have a beautiful house in the mountains. Can't wait to show you.
Tomorrow our department is having a party to celebrate another semester’s end and I am thinking of bringing this delicious Hazelnut Brittle. It is so easy to make and it is wonderful to eat; the crunch of the roasted hazelnuts balances well the crunch of the sweet, and the brittle bites are perfect for a party, especially a Christmas party.
It’s good to be back. I hope you are having a great pre-holiday time and that your travels are safe, and that your time with loved ones is relaxing, energizing, and fulfilling.
Missed being here!
Adapted from a Food Everyday (December 2005) issue that I picked up at our local library for 10 cents. It’s filled with treasures :)
Nonstick cooking spray
½ cups sugar
½ cup light corn syrup
¾ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter
1 ½ cup roasted and chopped hazelnuts
1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon baking soda
Spray a rimmed baking sheet and a wide metal spatula with cooking spray and set aside.
In a large glass bowl (microwave safe), combine sugar, corn syrup, and salt, stirring until sugar is moistened. Microwave on high for 4 minutes.
Stir in butter and nuts; return to microwave for about 5 minutes, until the sugar mixture is thick, bubbly, and very pale brown in color. Mixture will be very hot; use pot holders when holding or pouring.
Remove from microwave, stir in vanilla and baking soda (mixture may foam up). Immediately pour onto prepared baking sheet, spreading mixture as thinly as possible with the prepared spatula.
Let stand 20 minutes until hardened, then lift off sheet, and break brittle into bite-size pieces.