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‘Gozinaki’ Honey caramelized brittle with nuts & seeds recipe

Honey caramelized brittle, or ‘Gozinaki’ as it is called in Georgia, is a simple treat that is found in many countries. The recipes may vary from country to country, however, this simple candy goes back many years. The combination of honey with seeds or nuts, made for a perfect energy bar that could last for some time without going bad and served the people of the past well for long journeys. This treat can be found as a traditional sweet in many different regions, however, in this recipe, I will be using the traditional Georgian recipe for Gozinaki. In Georgia, Gozinaki is a treat that is prepared and served during New Year’s Eve and the Orthodox Christmas.

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Honey caramelized brittle ‘Gozinaki’ with sunflower seeds

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Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat

Ingredients

500g unshelled sunflower seeds (or nuts and seeds of your choice)

250g honey

1 tablespoon white sugar

Instructions

  1. Roast unshelled sunflower seeds
  2. Set aside roasted sunflower seeds to cool
  3. Combine honey and sugar on medium/high heat (approximately 2 minutes) until sugar is fully dissolved and mixture is brought to boil (bubbles are formed)
  4. Set mixture aside to cool
  5. When fully cooled, heat up the mixture and bring to boil
  6. Repeat step 4 and 5
  7. Add the roasted sunflower seeds to the mixture that is still on the medium/high heat
  8. Mix and combine seeds with mixture well
  9. Once combined, leave on heat for 1 minute
  10. Wet a wooden chopping board with cold water
  11. Place hot caramelized seeds onto wet chopping board
  12. Distribute the caramelized seeds equally on board whilst the seeds are still hot, using a little water to avoid seeds for sticking to utensils
  13. Let the caramelized seeds to cool
  14. When the surface of the caramelized seeds are warm, cut into pieces
  15. Allow the pieces to cool
  16. Serve or place into container

Tips for honey caramelized brittle ‘Gozinaki’ recipe with sunflower seeds

Tip 1

You can use any seeds and nuts of your choice, even a combination. If using nuts, for larger nuts, they are usually chopped into smaller pieces. Just keep to the same 500g measurements and roast the seeds and/or nuts that are being used.

Tip 2

It is best to roast the sunflower seeds on medium heat to avoid burning them or having them under-cooked. It takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
You will notice when they are ready as they turn golden and give off a shine.

Tip 3

Place honey in a saucepan and sprinkle the white sugar on top. Switch on medium/high heat, and allow the honey and sugar to begin combining, you will notice the center bubbling. Once bubbling begins, constantly mix until fully combined.

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Honey and white sugar prior to caramelization

Tip 4

To check the progress of the sugar dissolving, lift the spoon you are mixing the honey and sugar with. If you see sugar granules on it, keep mixing. It takes approximately 2 minutes on medium/high heat until all sugar is dissolved.

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Honey with sugar granules

When the sugar is dissolved, you will notice the texture becoming more liquid rather than thick. Lift the spoon to check with there are any sugar granules on it.

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Honey with dissolved sugar granules

Triple cooling and boiling of the mixture

You will notice when the mixture is brought to boil, once the surface is covered with bubbles.

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Boiling point when surface covered with bubbles

When the mixture has cooled after being brought to boil the first time, you will notice the mixture is thick; similar to honey. There is also a very thin sugar layer found on top of the mixture.

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Mixture cooled after first boil

Heating the mixture for the second time, you will notice the mixture becomes a dark shade when it is brought to a boil.

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Mixture at second boil

When the mixture has cooled off for the second time, prior to the third boil, you will notice the mixture is now even thicker. After the third heating, you will notice the shade even darker.

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Mixture cooled prior to third boil

Tip 5

Place the sunflower seeds in the center of the pan and mix from the outer sides moving inwards. This will allow all the seeds to be combined with the mixture thoroughly.

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Combining mixture and sunflower seeds

Shaping the hot caramelized mixture

When shaping the caramelized seeds on the wet chopping board, dip utensils into the water to avoid the seeds sticking to them. Make sure not to use too much water.

In my experience, the best utensils to use are; a silicone spatula or a bread scraper. Otherwise, you can use non-stick baking paper in the very beginning to quickly distribute the caramelized seeds across the board. You can place the baking paper on top of the fresh caramelized seeds and use a rolling pin to quickly move the hot seeds across the board, remove the baking paper, and continue with a spatula. When seeds cool off, you can wet your hands and pat areas to equal out the surface.

If you use a bread scraper, you can easily distribute and shape the caramelized seeds by moving the mixture and tap it gently on the top for even thickness.

Keep in mind that it cools off quickly, so moving fast is crucial.

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Honey caramelized sunflower seeds shaped on a wet wooden chopping board

Tip 6

Shape the honey caramelized seeds to have a uniform thickness so they will cool off equally. I choose a medium height of 1 cm. The thinner the caramelized seeds, the crunchier the outcome. The thicker the caramelized seeds, the inner layer is chewier.

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1 cm height of sunflower honey caramelized brittle

Tip 7

When the individual pieces have cooled off, place them in a box. Humidity can make them turn soft and evenly stick to one another.

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Honey caramelized brittle with sunflower seeds are perfect with both tea and coffee

If you have any tips or recipes on honey caramelized seeds and nuts you would like to share, feel free to share your recommendations in the comment section.

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