Pine Nut Shards

  • prep time8 min
  • total time 73 min
  • serves 0

This pine nut brittle is easy to make and can be broken up into little shards and scattered on your dish of choice!

Note: Cooking time shown also includes inactive cooldown time.

Courtesy of Tundra executive chef Kevin Prendergast

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Directions for: Pine Nut Shards


7 oz (200g) sugar

7 oz (200g) butter

¼ cup (55 ml) corn syrup

¼ cup (55 ml) 35% cream

½ tsp (3 ml) salt

½ tsp (3 ml) ground black pepper

1 cup (250 ml) pine nuts, toasted

cayenne pepper, to taste


1. Combine sugar, butter, corn syrup and cream in a pot and bring to a boil. Heat until the sugar is dissolved (approximately 5-8 minutes).

2. Remove pot from heat and stir in salt, pepper, cayenne pepper and toasted pine nuts. Mix vigorously until well incorporated.

3. Pour onto a silicone lined sheet pan and bake at 350°F for 3-5 minutes until golden brown.

4. Allow to cool completely – at least one hour.

5. Then, break the brittle into pieces and store in an airtight container at room temperature.

6. Note: if your brittle isn’t brittle enough to break into pieces, pop it in the freezer for 10-15 minutes, until it hardens enough to snap easily.

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