Brittle is a dessert typical of the Christmas period, based on almonds, or hazelnuts, and caramelized sugar. Almonds can be whole or chopped, more or less coarsely; this difference determines the variety of the brittle. Excellent as a dessert, it can also be used in the preparation of spoon desserts and ice creams. Making the brittle is quite simple: the sugar is first caramelized and then to it almonds or hazelnuts are added, later the dough is spread on a cold surface, preferably of marble, and left to consolidate. The result is a rather hard product; if one wants a softer brittle, it is possible to add honey or cream to the mixture.

Here's an easy way to dress up your chicken breasts and make them special enough for a dinner party. This combination is from Emilia Romagna, where both Parma ham and Parmesan are made. You can substitute veal for the chicken if you prefer

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