Beer brittle is just one way to get crafty this holiday season with homemade gifts from the kitchen. We've compiled 25 great ideas, ranging from quick and simple gifts (perfect if you're working with kids) to more intricate projects that call for a little extra time and patience.
Some gifts will last for weeks, perhaps more. Others are best eaten within a day or two.
Not only are homemade gifts a great way to save money during the holiday season, they're also a thoughtful and creative way to show how much you care.
25 minutes / Serves 4 to 6
Note: Adapted from Bistro LQ.
1/2 cup of good dark beer, preferably Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout or Boont Amber Ale
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
Pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup toasted nuts, such as slivered almonds or pistachios
1. Line a rimmed cookie sheet with aluminum foil and grease lightly with cooking spray.
2. In a large, heavy-bottom saucepan, combine the beer, sugar and corn syrup. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to maintain a good simmer (watch that the mixture does not boil over, stirring occasionally if needed). Cook until a candy thermometer inserted reads 310 degrees, then remove from heat.
3. Immediately stir in the salt, vanilla and nuts. Be careful, as the mixture will steam. Quickly pour the brittle over the prepared pan, spreading it thin. Cool the brittle completely, then break into pieces.