Tuesday, October 2, 2018


I love this recipe for Pumpkin Seed Cocoa Nib Brittle. It's so easy to make, and it's a great snack. FYI: This is not a sweet chocolate brittle. I always say you should check different chocolate sites for recipes and news, and I'm glad I did. I found this recipe several years ago on the Scharffen Berger site. It's from Arnon Oren, of Oren's Kitchen, Berkeley. Arnon recommends serving this crushed and sprinkled over a salad of endive, roasted beets, and goat cheese. Of course, you can always just crack it and eat it! This is a great recipe for October!

Pumpkin Seed Cocoa Nib Brittle

1/4 cup SCHARFFEN BERGER Cacao Nibs
1/4 cup hulled raw pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
Pinch of cayenne pepper

Coarsely chop nibs and strain through small strainer. Removing dustier pieces will make clearer brittle.
Toast pumpkin seeds in small skillet over medium heat, shaking often, until they begin to pop, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove seeds from skillet, and set aside.
Line baking sheet with Silpat or brush with butter.
In medium saucepan, combine sugar, water, and cream of tartar, and bring to simmer over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Lower heat to medium low, cover, and let simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove pan lid and brush any sugar crystals from sides of pan with wet pastry brush. Continue simmering for 3 to 5 minutes, or until syrup begins to color. Watch closely, because caramel can quickly burn. Test color of caramel by drizzling a few drops on white plate. When color is medium to dark amber, remove pan from heat and stir in nibs, pumpkin seeds, and cayenne.
Working quickly, pour mixture onto prepared pan and spread as thin as possible with heatproof spatula or wooden spoon. Allow brittle to cool completely, then break into small pieces.

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