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Lavender and sunflower seed brittle

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Makes 16-20
Dietary Vegetarian
From The Big Allotment Challenge
This healthier version of peanut brittle combines lavender from the garden with toasted, lightly salted sunflower seeds.


  1. Heat a frying pan over a low heat. Add the sunflower seeds and dry fry for 1-2 minutes, or until toasted. Stir in the soy sauce and cook until evaporated. Remove the seeds and set aside.

  2. Heat the butter, sugars, salt and 2 tablespoons water in a saucepan over a low heat until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved.

  3. Bring the mixture to the boil, then reduce the heat to moderate and continue to cook until the temperature reaches 150C. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the lavender flowers, then set aside to cool slightly.

  4. Pour the brittle mixture into silicone ice-cube trays, then sprinkle over the sunflower seeds. Set aside to harden, then remove from the moulds and serve.


  • 80g/2¾oz sunflower seeds
  • splash light soy sauce
  • 115g/4oz unsalted butter
  • 225g/8oz granulated sugar
  • 100g/3½oz light brown sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1-2 tsp lavender flowers, finely chopped

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Lavender and sunflower seed brittle

Cooking ingredients

Dairy, eggs and chilled


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