Monday, February 23

Simple and Sweet: Peanut Brittle

I love simple old fashioned recipes. I am not a candy maker by any means, but if you want to try your hand I suggest starting with simple peanut brittle. It's easy lets you get familiar with sugar techniques. 

Old Fashioned Peanut Brittle

1  1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1  1/2 cups sugar
1 cup water
1 cup light corn syrup
3 tablespoons butter
1 lbs shelled unroasted peanuts*

Butter 2 large baking sheet thoroughly, making sure to include sides. 

In a medium bowl mix baking soda, 1 tsp water and vanilla and set aside.

In a 3 quart sauce pan, combine sugar, water, and corn syrup and cook over medium heat. 

Stir occasionally. Once temperature on candy thermometer reaches 240 degrees mix in peanuts and butter. Stir constantly until candy temperature reaches 305-310 degrees. (the higher the temp the harder your candy) Do not go over 310 degrees. 

Quickly remove from heat and mix in baking soda mixture. Quickly pour half of candy mixture into baking sheets. Spread quickly and let cool. Break into desired size pieces. 

*Note* You can use salt roasted peanuts but do not add them until candy reaches 300 degrees. 


Chef E said...

You struck a 'mom' chord with this one girl, I have never even tried, no once I did, and burnt it, was so gross I threw the spoon out, lol, wish I could grab some off the screen for my after lunch treat tomorrow!

Anonymous said...

Mmmm.... that looks wonderful!

Missew said...

that looks yumm-o but it would be much easier for me if you just mailed me some :)

Sydney Plumber said...

Nice blog post........

Donna-FFW said...

This looks wonderful. I love all things brittle. Pictures are gorgeous!

Reeni♥ said...


Bunny said...

The only nut my husband will eat is peanuts, I'm making this!!

Lady Christie said...

That looks so delicious!

Anonymous said...

This looks delicious!

Cammie said...

I roll called under you today at SITS and wanted to say HI. And now I want some peanut brittle....

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