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Pine Nut Brittle with Rosemary

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Pine Nut Brittle with Rosemary by Ms. T

We love pine nuts and rosemary together (could anything be more evocative of rolling Tuscan hills?), but the idea of combining them in brittle form struck us as groundbreaking. Ms. T has you cloak the pine nuts in a buttery caramel, and while it’s still hot you stir in plenty of chopped rosemary, which then infuses the brittle with its perfume. A shower of crunchy sea salt is the finishing touch. A word of caution: be careful, or you may find yourself demolishing half the batch in one sitting, like we did! – A&M

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Simple elegance: pine nuts, sugar, rosemary, butter, salt.

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For your eyes only: it's caramel, people. Into a copper saucepan goes the sugar, a bit like an avalanche. Or waterfall? We couldn't decide.

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Snow it is -- see the tracks?

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Bring the sugar to a rolling boil ... you're a veritable Willy Wonka!

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En route to caramel. Now that's science for you. Where's Harold Magee when you need him?

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Finally, stage three, is clear and auburn caramel. Should you choose to abandon this project, stop here and dunk an apple.

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It took a forest of pine trees to produce the nuts we needed. Makes pesto look like the peewees, no?

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Why, hello lover. Is there anything about that pot that doesn't make you want to jump for joy?

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And, as a reminder of the pine nuts' woodsy roots, here come the herbs: chopped rosemary. Trust us -- it's key.

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Ms. T uses gray sea salt -- and so did we -- but just add the best version you have on hand.

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This brave brittle's a thing of beauty even before it sets!

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Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. Do not forget the parchment paper.

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Using a wooden spatula, we spread the nutty caramel around a parchment lined sheet pan. Doesn't have to be perfect, but it's nice to have an even layer.

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All the little pine nuts are waiting to be showered with salt. Go, Amanda, go!

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And, how about a bit more rosemary, just for kicks?

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Too pretty to break.

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Shards of sweet and savory glory.

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But not for long ...

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