Sunflower Seed Brittle

Recipe comes courtesy of 'The Art of The Cheese Plate' by Tia Keenan
Noah Fecks

Noah Fecks

Sunflower seed brittle does that sweet, salty, crunchy mash-up so well, and it reinforces the nutty/grassy/floral flavor redolent in Alpine cheese like Rolf Beeler Guyére. Sunflower seeds harness the allusion to the sun, which fuels the grass, which makes the milk, which forms the cheese. 

Reprinted from ©The Art of The Cheese Plate by Tia Keenan, Rizzoli, 2016. Photography © Noah Fecks. Click here to purchase your own copy.

6
Servings
510
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1  Cup  sugar
  • 1/2  Cup  light corn syrup
  • 1/2  Cup  water
  • 1 1/2  Tablespoon  butter
  • 1  Teaspoon  kosher salt
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1 1/2  Cup  roasted hulled sunflower seeds

Directions

Line a large baking sheet with ½-inch sides with lightly oiled parchment paper and set aside.

In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup light corn syrup, and 1/2 cup water and cook over medium heat until the mixture turns light brown and reaches 320°F on a candy thermometer.

Remove from the heat and mix in 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda with an oiled, heatproof spatula—proceed with caution, as the mixture will bubble and expand.

Stir in 1 1/2 cups roasted hulled sunflower seeds, then carefully spread the hot brittle over the prepared baking sheet. Place a piece of parchment paper over the hot brittle and with a rolling pin roll it into a 1/2-inch-thick slab.

Cool completely on the baking sheet on a wire rack. Break into shards before serving.

Store layered between parchment paper in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 1 month. 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
36g
51%
Sugar
5g
6%
Saturated Fat
4g
17%
Cholesterol
1mg
0%
Carbohydrate, by difference
41g
32%
Protein
12g
26%
Vitamin A, RAE
22µg
3%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
2µg
2%
Calcium, Ca
51mg
5%
Choline, total
29mg
7%
Copper, Cu
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
10g
40%
Folate, total
140µg
35%
Iron, Fe
3mg
17%
Magnesium, Mg
72mg
23%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
5mg
36%
Pantothenic acid
4mg
80%
Phosphorus, P
605mg
86%
Selenium, Se
43µg
78%
Sodium, Na
382mg
25%
Water
30g
1%
Zinc, Zn
3mg
38%