Toasted Pumpkin-Seed Brittle

Throw nothing away! These pumpkin seeds are delicious and who knew they could be toasted in the microwave??

Serves: 12 big pieces (375g)
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 23-24 minutes

3/4 cup (175 mL) granulated sugar
1/4 cup (50 mL) corn syrup
1/4 cup (50mL) water
1 cup (250 mL) toasted pumpkin seeds*
1 tbsp (15 mL) butter
1/2 tsp (2 mL) baking soda
1/2 tsp (2 mL) vanilla

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds:
1 cup (250 mL) seeds (unrinsed but pulp removed)
1 tbsp (15 mL) vegetable oil
salt to taste

Cooking Instructions:
In 8-cup (2 L) measure, combine 3/4 cup (175 mL) granulated sugar, 1/4 cup (50 mL) each corn syrup and water and 1 cup (250 mL) toasted pumpkin seeds*. Microwave at High, uncovered, for 10 to 11 minutes or until medium-dark brown, without stirring. Stir in 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter and 1/2 tsp (2 mL) each baking soda and vanilla. Immediately pour onto greased baking sheet, spreading out as much as possible and cool; then break into chunks.

* To toast pumpkin seeds, toss 1 cup (250 mL) seeds (unrinsed but pulp removed) with 1 tbsp (15 mL) vegetable oil and salt to taste. Spread out in microwave-safe shallow glass dish and microwave at High for 5 minutes, stirring every minute. Then microwave at Medium for 8 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes, or until crisp.

NOTE: Microwave recipe tested in a 700-watt microwave oven. Power level terminology in microwave oven varies; check your owner's manual and use whichever work or number gives you the same percentages as in the recipe (High is always 100%). If your oven differs, cooking times may vary.