This recipe is done in the microwave. It takes about 15 minutes start to finish. You can have the ingredients on hand at all times and whip this up as a quick gift. Makes a beautiful Christmas gift when packaged in a tin or mason jar and ribbon. You can use any nut you want. The times listed are for a 1300 watt microwave. It's best to measure out the ingredients before you start.
Microwave Pecan Brittle
2 cups pecan halves or pieces
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 pinch salt
1 Tbs butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or grease the pan with non-stick cooking spray). In a glass bowl, combine the pecans, sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Mix together, microwave for 4 minutes until bubbly.
After the 4 minutes, using potholders, remove the bowl from the microwave and add the butter and vanilla (you should hear it sizzle when you stir the butter and vanilla in). Microwave again for 2 minutes.
Using potholders, remove the bowl, and quickly stir in the baking soda. While you stir it in, it should start to foam and turn white. Stir the baking soda in quickly and then pour the mixture on your lined or greased baking sheet. Spread out the pecans in a single layer.
Let the brittle cool for 15 minutes. Once it's cool, break it into pieces, store in an airtight container.