The traditional peanut brittle gets an update by using walnuts that are toasted and flavored with smokehouse rub for a delicious holiday treat.
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- cooking spray
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup golden syrup (such as Lyle's®)
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon smokehouse rub (such as Winco®)
- ½ teaspoon walnut extract
- Pour walnuts into a skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until lightly toasted, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
- Line a rimmed half-sheet pan with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
- Combine sugar, water, and golden syrup in a nonstick saucepan over medium heat. Do not stir. Clip a candy thermometer to the side of the pan, and wait for the mixture to reach 275 degrees F (135 degrees C), about 5 minutes.
- Once sugar mixture reaches 275 degrees F (135 degrees C), add toasted walnuts. Stir using a silicone spatula until mixture reaches 300 degrees F (150 degrees C), about 5 minutes more. Stir in butter, baking soda, smokehouse rub, and walnut extract.
- Remove saucepan from heat and carefully pour mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Allow to cool before breaking into smaller pieces, about 30 minutes.