Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Peanut Brittle

My friend and I decided not to exchange Birthday presents this year, but I still wanted to send her a little something. I went Michaels and got a cute little tin, some ribbon and a bow. On the way home I stopped at Safeway and picked up supplies for peanut brittle. When I got home, I started cooking right away!

Peanut Brittle

I wanted to make it on the stove, the old-fashioned way.

Peanut Brittle

It turned out really good.

Peanut Brittle

But for the second batch I used a microwave recipe that my mom got from somebody, who probably got it from somebody else, and so on. It is a lot easier (and it tastes better!). You make it in the microwave, and don't need to fuss with a candy thermometer.

Here's how:

It's best to have all ingredients measured and ready to go before starting the process.

Mix in a glass bowl 1 cup white sugar with 1/2 cup white corn syrup.
Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

Add 1 cup salted peanuts. Stir quickly.
Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

Add 1 Tablespoon softened butter and 1 Teaspoon vanilla. No need to stir.
Microwave on high for 1 minute.

Remove bowl from microwave.
Add 1 teaspoon baking soda. Stir quickly and thoroughly.

Pour on well greased cookie sheet. Spread out with spoon.
Tip: while spreading, the mixture will stick to your spoon like crazy, I used a pair of clean scissors to cut the goo away from the spoon so I could continue spreading.

Cool, break into pieces.


*Y*U*M*

6 comments:

  1. it sounds AND looks real tasty :)

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  2. i had no idea that you could make this stuff with a nuker. brilliant! (and fab gift idear.)

    kelly

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  3. Thanks for sharing that microwave recipe! I actually think I'll try that.

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  4. I'm intimidated by candy thermometers, so I'm going to try the microwave brittle :) thanks!

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  5. Oh my that looks outstanding! Yum!

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