When I began experimenting with fried grains, I just knew that their satisfying crunch would work just as well as nuts in ice cream sundaes, casseroles, and, well, candy! Popped amaranth adds a playful textural twist to the chocolate coating.
How to Make It
Line a jelly-roll pan with parchment paper.
Combine first 3 ingredients in a medium, heavy saucepan. Stir gently over high heat just until sugar dissolves (do not stir beyond this point). Cook sugar mixture over medium-high heat until light golden brown (about 8 to 10 minutes). Remove pan fromheat; gently stir in almonds and Crunchy Fried Farro. Immediately pour mixture onto prepared pan. Spread into a 10 x 10–inch square. Let stand 4 minutes or until cool enough to handle (do not allow to cool completely before cutting). Cut in half crosswise using a pizza wheel or large heavy knife for 2 (5 x 10–inch pieces). Cut each piece lengthwise into 8 pieces. Cool completely.
Place chocolate chips in a small microwave-safe bowl; microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until chocolate melts, stirring every 20 seconds. Dip about 2 inches of one end of each brittle strip into chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. Place on parchment paper. Sprinkle chocolate evenly with amaranth and pistachios. Refrigerate until chocolate sets.
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Also appeared in: Oxmoor House, March, 2016,Everyday Whole Grains: 175 Recipes from Amaranth to Wild Rice