I’ve been saving this one for the holidays. I love making edible gifts for friends and family during the holidays and I’m always looking for special recipes that will make the recipients feel loved. This recipe fits the bill perfectly. Developed for our Spar for the Spurtle contest by Carl Youngmann, it is super easy, delicious and very special. Instead of nuts, Carl used toasted steel cut oats. The toasted oats bring a nutty flavor and a bit of whole grain nutrition to the candy, though who is thinking about nutrition when they’re eating brittle, I don’t know. With the price of nuts these days, think of how inexpensive, yet classy, this recipe is for gift giving.
Make a batch, put it in little jars or cellophane bags (get tips for stunning homemade edible gifts here) and take one along whenever you have a holiday gathering. A small, edible gift is a perfect host gift and they are a wonderful way to show how much you appreciate their efforts. Teachers, mail carriers, the receptionist at your office—all people who would appreciate a small token during the holidays. Or, you could just make a batch and enjoy the whole thing yourself. I wouldn’t blame you.
Buttered Oats Brittle
Contributed by Carl Youngmann
- 1 Tbsp Butter
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut Oats*
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
Combine butter, salt and oats in a small, non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Stir oats until toasted, about 6 minutes. Set aside. Place sugar in a small, heavy-bottomed frying pan over medium heat. Allow sugar to melt, stirring as needed, about 6-8 minutes. As soon as sugar is liquid and golden, fold in toasted oats working quickly. Add baking soda and stir to incorporate. Pour immediately onto a non-stick, heatproof surface such as a silicone sheet. Spread thin. Allow to cool. Break into bite-sized pieces and enjoy.
*Use our gluten free steel cut oats to make this recipe gluten free.