- I learned a great tip from Terry Kramzar’s blog. When cutting half-square triangles for a project, in addition to drawing the line to sew and cut on, draw an additional line a half inch away and cut in the middle to give you an additional half-square triangle to use in another project! If I’m not clear enough, see Terry’s blog for a diagram. Thanks Terry!! Click here to access Terry’s blog.
- If you are looking for a book of any kind that is out of print, often you can find it on Amazon in the little print “used” under the book photo. The shipping is always $3.99 but the books are usually a few $$. Lynne Laino
- Sue Linton’s Cashew Brittle
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup light corn syrup
- ¼ cup hot water
- 2 cups salted cashews
- 1 Tb. Butter
- 1 tsp. baking soda
In a heavy 3-quart saucepan mix well sugar, corn syrup and water. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves; add cashews. Continue stirring over medium heat until syrup reaches 295 degrees (hard crack stage) on your candy thermometer. Remove from the heat; add butter and soda. Stir rapidly until butter melts and soda dissolves (mixture will foam). Holding the pan with an oven mitt or a towel, pour the mixture onto a previously greased baking sheet and spread out as much as you can. Add a pinch of sea salt over the top of the brittle. Brittle needs to cool and harden. Then break into pieces and enjoy.
- Before you begin grease your cookie or baking sheet with butter.
- Use exact amounts.
- A candy thermometer will achieve the best results.
- Continual stirring will keep the cashews from browning too much.
- If you are making more than one recipe run a sink full of super hot soapy water and as soon as you spread your brittle put your pan in along with your utensils and thermometer. It will be a much easier to clean-up.
- Altogether it takes no more than 15 minutes to complete this recipe.
Most important: This mixture is like burning lava and you do not want to burn yourself!
- Terry Kramzar sent me a great link for needle-size info from a blog she found. You can print the “Cheat Cards” and keep them handy by your machine for easy reference. Thanks Terry! http://www.sew4home.com/tips-resources/sewing-tips-tricks/sewing-machine-needles-cheat-cards