Art Smith’s vegan almond brittle  »

Art Smith might hate vegans since his big loss on Top Chef Masters this week; in his defense, he probably had no idea about the differences between vegan ice creams, and how assy a base rice milk generally is. Zooey Deschanel (where was super-awesome animal rights advocate Emily, by the way?) did really flip for his almond brittle, though, so here is the recipe for you. If someone manages to successfully recreate this candy, do let us know.

Art Smith’s vegan almond brittle
•    2-1/2 cups granulated sugar
•    1 cup water
•    1/4 cup Agave syrup
•    1 cup toasted almonds
•    1 Tbsp baking soda
•    Pinch of salt
•    2 Tbsps unsalted [non-dairy]* butter
•    1 Tbsp vanilla extract
•    Semi-sweet chocolate, melted, for garnish

Bring ingredients to a boil and cook to hard-boil state: until syrup makes a hard ball and is amber in color. Stir in toasted almonds and the remainder of the ingredients. Pour on well oiled sheet pan, and carefully, with forks, pull until thin, being VERY CAREFUL not to burn yourself. Cool, till crispy. Once cool break into pieces. Drizzle with melted semi-sweet chocolate and allow to dry.

*Oddly, the recipe as printed called for “butter,” which seems particularly stupid, but stupid and obvious mistakes are something Bravo’s known for.

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