Salted caramel, popcorn, toffee………you can barely move in supermarkets for products mixing salt with sweet. And, no excuses, but we all need something sweet in our lives sometimes, right? It’s not like I can even say ‘oh, this’d be lovely round the bonfire on the 5th of November’, or ‘this would be great as a home-made Christmas present’ (though it would be terrific on those occasions). It’s too early for that. I just made this because, well, I wanted to.
Sea-salted Fruit and Nut Brittle
- 225g mixed nuts and raisins (do make sure they’re unsalted as we’re adding more salt at the end).
- 350g sugar
- 100ml water
- 0.5 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp flavourless oil (I used sunflower)
Smear the oil round the bottom and sides of a metal baking tray or roasting pan.
You can buy bags of nuts and fruits from supermarkets, but you could also use up the remains of already opened packets if you’ve got them in your cupboards.
Place your sugar and water in a large, heavy based saucepan and heat gently until the sugar has all dissolved. You can stir it occasionally with a wooden spoon.
Once it has dissolved you can stop stirring, put the heat up to medium and keep an eagle eye on it until it darkens and goes a rich, golden colour.
Tip in the measured nuts and fruit and stir to coat them all in the sticky caramel then empty the saucepan’s contents onto the oiled tray. Spread it out to a thick layer and sprinkle the sea-salt over the top. Leave to cool for a while and, when you can handle it, place it onto a wire cooking tray till it’s completely cold.
Then you can break it up to bite-sized pieces and either store (who am I kidding?) in a airtight container or wrap in cellophane bags.