Pumpkin Seed Brittle

Introduction: Pumpkin Seed Brittle

When I was living in India, my dad would bring peanut and sesame seed brittle for me and my sisters and we used to love them.This is my first attempt to prepare a Brittle and when I tasted this brittle, though extremely tasty, it did not taste anything like what I was used to having. That was because I prepared this brittle using sugar, whereas the ones we get in India are mostly prepared with Jaggery (concentrated cane sugar which comes usually in the form of blocks). Very soon I will be uploading another instructable for a brittle using Jaggery :)

Step 1: Cutting and Cleaning Pumpkin and Pumpkin Seeds

For the preparation of this brittle i have used Sugar pumpkin. Any kind of pumpkin can be used to prepare brittle and this recipe can be followed for making any kind of brittle.

  • Wash the pumpkin very well
  • Cut the top of the pumpkin which holds the stem, chop the pumpkin in half
  • Scoop out all the seeds and membrane using a spoon
  • Once the seeds and membrane was removed from the pumpkin, I removed the membrane as much as possible by hand and then put the seeds with the membranes that are stuck to the seeds in a colander and gave it a thorough wash
  • Place paper towels on a plate and spread the seeds so the water can evaporate
  • I let the seeds dry overnight so i can be sure that the seeds have no moisture left

Step 2: Roasting Pumpkin Seeds

  • Take a wide base pan, spread the dried pumpkin seeds on the pan
  • On low to medium heat, dry roast the seeds till you get nice aroma and the seeds swell a little. This took 4 - 5 minutes
  • Remove the seeds and place on a plate to cool down

Step 3: Ingredients Required to Prepare Pumpkin Seed Brittle

  • Pumpkin Seeds - 3/4 up
  • Sugar - 1 cup
  • Unsalted butter - 2 tbsp
  • Baking Soda - 1 tsp
  • Water - 1/4 cup
  • Salt - 1/4 tsp
  • Vanilla Essence - 1 tbsp

Step 4: Steps to Prepare Pumpkin Seed Brittle

  • On a cookie sheet, place parchment paper and spray it very evenly with cooking spray
  • Take a large heavy pan and put sugar and water and let it come to a complete boil
  • Add salt and butter and keep stirring and let it cook till the temperature reaches 300 F
  • Remove from flame, add vanilla essence and mix
  • Add baking soda and the mixture will bubble up ferociously, keep stirring
  • Add the pumpkin seeds and mix well
  • Pour the mixture on the cookie tray placed with parchment paper and spread it immediately to get a flat base. To make it super flat, i sprayed another parchment paper with cooking spray and placed this parchment paper on top of the mixture. I then placed a flat based pan on top of the parchment paper and pressed it,to get a flat thin brittle
  • Let it cool for 30 minutes
  • Remove the parchment paper and break the brittle as needed. Store in airtight container. Done :)
  • In case the parchment paper gets stuck to the brittle, which should not happen if the paper was sprayed generously with cooking spray,dip a kitchen towel in hot water and squeeze out the water well and place the towel on the part of the brittle,which is stuck to the parchment paper for 2-3 minutes and the paper will come out easily
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    5 years ago on Introduction

    Whoa! This is a whole new take on brittle, as far as I've seen. Nicely done!