The Spicy Chipotle Pecan Brittle is delicious, and the heat and flavour from the chipotle is an unexpected twist. It’s not exactly like conventional toffee made with sugar, as the texture is a little grittier and it doesn’t get as hard and sharp. Also, there is a mouth-cooling sensation with erythritol that I hadn’t yet experienced as it’s usually lost among the other ingredients in my baked goods. Since this is pretty much just erythritol and butter, you definitely do get a bit of this cooling sensation. It’s not unpleasant and actually plays off the heat of the chipotle quite well.
If you’re not up for the spicy version of this toffee, just eliminate the chipotle powder and add in a bit of vanilla after taking the toffee off the heat. Or maple extract, now that would be delicious! If you want traditional English toffee, sprinkle it with chopped chocolate (high % cacao for lower carbs) after you’ve spread it in the pan, let the chocolate melt, and then spread over with a spatul.
- 0,5 cup butter (1 stick), cut into 8 pieces
- 0,5 cup granulated erythritol
- 1 cup chopped pecans, lightly toasted
- 0,5 tsp chipotle powder
Spicy Chipotle Pecan Brittle. Method:
Line an 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper and grease paper or spray with cooking oil.
Melt butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Once the butter is fully melted, add erythritol and turn heat to medium. Stir constantly until erythritol has dissolved and the mixture boils.
Stirring continuously, gently boil mixture for 10-15 minutes until it begins to darken and carmelize. If you are using a candy thermometer, it will register a bit above 300F when it’s finished. I found that the temperature rose faster than with traditional toffee, so watch it carefully. You may have to keep turning the heat up and down so it doesn’t cook too quickly.
Off heat, stir in pecans and chipotle powder (or vanilla extract). Pour mixture into prepared pan and let cool. You can place it in the fridge to cool faster if you wish, but once it’s hardened, it does not need to be refrigerated.
With your hands, break candy into chunks of whatever size you wish.