Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Peanut Brittle

The original recipe is a microwave recipe, but I make it on the stove with the same cook times and it comes out great. It's really not that hard, I didn't even use a candy thermometer, just kept my eye on it (be sure you have the time to stand there and watch this, or it'll turn wrong quickly!). I found this many years ago at the Cooking Light message boards.

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup white corn syrup
1 cup roasted salted peanuts (I'd like to try cashews next time)
1 teaspoon butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda

-Stir the sugar and corn syrup together in a heavy stock pot and cook at medium-high heat on stove for 4 minutes until bubbly. Stir in peanuts.
-Continue to cook 3 to 5 minutes until light brown. (keep your eye on it!)
-Add butter and vanilla to syrup, blending well.
-Cook 1 to 2 minutes more. Peanuts will be lightly brown and the syrup VERY HOT.
-Add baking soda and gently stir until light and foamy. Remove from heat.
-Quickly and carefully pour mixture onto lightly greased cookie sheet or silpat.
-Let cool 1/2 to 1 hour. When cool, break into small pieces and store in air-tight container.

Peanuts just added

Baking soda just added, ready to spread and cool

Happy Holidays everyone! I'll leave you with a picture of a view you wouldn't think of for San Diego, Snow! Right outside our front yard, over and yonder.

Breaking up some pieces to share at:

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15 Lovely Comments:

Cristine said...

Peanut brittle is so yummy and yours looks great! Nice view, too!

Grammy Blick said...

My father-in-law used this same recipe in the microwave -- excellent peanut brittle. And my husband tried it with cashews. Again, excellent results. You'll enjoy them.

The Food Librarian said...

Great looking brittle! I've never made it before, but need to put it on my list. Happy Holidays to you and your family!! - mary the food librarian

Small Town Girl said...

Now make me some Chocolate covered peanut brittle and I will be your bet friend!!! lol. Great recipie. Think I will make this for the hubby; that way he'll stop buying it from the Dollar store!

Happy Holidays!

Joy the Baker said...

This looks amazing and you make it sound so easy! Just lovely! I hope you have a great holiday!

Carrot Jello said...

Small town girl says she'll be your "bet friend". I'm guessing she's a gambler.
I'm just sayin'.

Chrystina said...

Thank you! I love cooking light recipes! Love the picture of San Diego! Miss it mucho!

Chrystina said...

Yeah, I agree w/ Small Town Girl~ Chocolate Peanut Brittle sounds DIVINE!!!

Melanie Anne said...

Hi Rachelle, I just saw your comment about the rolls and thought I would check out your blog! It is great! I am exctied to try out some of your recipes! Merry Christmas!!
Melanie-from Sisters Cafe

LyB said...

It looks great, I love peanut brittle. And I was thinking of trying cashews too, it sounds like it would be a good variation. Happy Holidays!

Stefani said...

I love peanut brittle. I have never thought of making it at home until now.

MsAngelasFinds said...

Wow this looks amazing! My grandmother use to make this before she passed away. I forgot all about it until I seen your photos. Thanks for the memories! :)

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