Every year, I fill baskets with homemade treats for my extended family. This is one of the most-requested items: a Persian-inspired candy made with fragrant saffron and cardamom and studded with pistachios. It comes together in minutes and makes a lovely last-minute gift.
Saffron-Cardamom Pistachio Brittle
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup roasted pistachio nut meats
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 large pinch saffron threads
Measure nuts into a small bowl, add cardamom. Rub saffron threads between your hands to powder them, then add them to the nuts and toss to coat. Set aside.
In a 4-cup Pyrex measuring cup, stir together the sugar, salt, and corn syrup. Microwave on high, uncovered, for 4 minutes.
While candy is cooking, line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside. Spray two spoons with non-stick spray, and set aside.
Quickly stir the hot syrup (make sure to scrape down the sides of the container), then microwave on high again, uncovered, for 1 more minute. It will turn a very pale gold color.
Add nuts to syrup, stir quickly, and microwave again, on high, uncovered, for 30 seconds.
Carefully pour the molten candy onto the parchment-lined baking sheet, and spread it out as much and as thinly as possible using the two sprayed spoons. Work quickly -- it hardens fast. Allow to cool, then break into pieces.