In 2009, my YouthBuild students in Greensboro, Alabama were given a challenge to develop a product that would utilize a local ingredient. They came up with pecans! It started small with a few students making pecan brittle in the back of our small Pie Lab (www.pielab.org) and is now a full blown small business thanks to a Design Ignites Change grant we were awarded. Now the business even has a website (www.the-pecans.com)! *YouthBuild is a non-profit organization that serves out-of-school youth ages 16 - 24 through GED courses, job training and leadership development skills. Following the completion of the program, YB students are offered assistance in job and college placement. —Table9
Combine Sugar, Light Corn Syrup, Water and Salt in a large, heavy skillet (cast iron works best if you have it). Bring to rolling boil over medium-high heat. Add chopped pecans; continue cooking until the syrup begins to turn brown. Depending on how hot your eye gets, this usually takes about 20 - 25 minutes to get the desired consistency. *Be sure to constantly stir the mixture so it does not stick
Do not over or under cook it because the brittle will be ruined.In order to test consistency put a drop of the brittle mixture into cold water, if it hardens immediately it is done.
Remove from heat once you have the desired consistency, and stir in Unsalted Butter and Baking Soda.
Pour onto prepared baking sheet. Cool completely before breaking it up into pieces.