Friday, December 21, 2012

Peanut Brittle

One thing of many that I love about the holidays is that I always make peanut brittle....I only like homemade peanut brittle... the store bought stuff is so not good... it just doesn't have that yummy taste... I like it with lots of peanuts, a little sweet, a dash of so good...
The equipment that you need is a heavy pan and a candy thermometer and a greased baking sheet....I put this into the holiday tins that I give out for Christmas....  Make this for your family soon... Enjoy

**NOTE** make sure that you use RAW peanuts, not roasted peanuts because they need to cook in the syrup, if they are not raw they will become too overdone and burn.  You can usually find raw peanuts next to the nuts in the produce section of your supermarket or in the baking section.

Peanut Brittle

2 cups sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
Dash salt
2 cups raw peanuts
1 1/2 T butter (NOT margarine)
1 1/2 T vanilla
2 t baking soda

Butter baking sheet pan well, making sure sides get buttered too.
In heavy saucepan combine sugar, corn syrup, water & salt in saucepan.  Cook over medium high heat stirring occasionally until mixture reaches 230 degrees or soft ball stage.  Add peanuts stirring well.  Continue cooking and stirring often till mixture reaches 300 degrees.  Turn off heat add, butter & vanilla stirring quickly till butter is melted.  Add baking soda (be careful the mixture really foams up) stirring well, quickly pour mixture onto baking sheet.  Let cool completely.  Then with a small hammer or back of a butter knife break brittle into small pieces.  Enjoy

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