All of the recent talk about holiday food has reminded me of a brittle recipe that chef Mario Batali demonstrated on Martha Stewart's show (recipe link below) that is too good and fool-proof to not pass on. With the aid of a candy thermometer, this recipe is **super** easy and has worked every time I've made it. The sliced nut to sugar ratio is higher than most brittle recipes, which IMO makes the texture more tender (so you don't break your teeth!) and perfect for a nut lover like myself. I find that the big bag of sliced almonds from TJ's is the perfect amount for this recipe. For ease and economics, I use light olive or canola oil instead of almond oil to grease the pans, and it tastes just fine.
Serve this at your holiday gathering or include in homemade gift baskets. Kids and adults alike seem to enjoy this!