23 December 2008

peanut brittle

I love peanut brittle, but the first time we tried to make it, it was horrible (it turned out green!).  once we tried this recipe, it’s been a winner every time.  if you have a spilat mat, it works much better than the waxed paper to cool the brittle on, just butter it or spray it real good with cooking spray first.  using cooking spray instead of butter on the waxed paper or spliat mat will alter the taste of the brittle a bit, but it is much easier.

1 cup sugar
½ cup corn syrup
1 cup peanuts (or pecans)
1 teaspoon butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
  1. butter (or spray with cooking spray) two sheets of waxed paper (or a spliat mat).
  2. combine sugar and corn syrup in 1 ½ quart bowl, stir well.
  3. microwave on high 4 minutes.
  4. stir in peanuts, microwave high 3-5 min until lightly browned (golden).
  5. add butter and vanilla to peanut mixture.  microwave mixture one minute
  6. stir in soda until foamy
  7. quickly pour on prepared waxed paper and let cool
once the brittle has cooled, break it up into pieces and store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

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