Wednesday, December 9, 2009

peanut brittle

Recipe #1 for the Christmas treat boxes.

1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 cup raw Spanish peanuts (I used regular raw peanuts)
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda

Butter a 15"x10" pan; set aside. In a heavy 3 quart saucepan, combine corn syrup, sugar and water. Place over high heat and stir with a wooden spoon until mixture comes to a boil. When syrup starts to thicken, stir in peanuts. Stirring constantly, cook until the peanuts smell cooked and the syrup bubbles are a pale straw color.
Remove from heat and stir in butter, salt and vanilla (use cation as this will cause steam and could burn your hand). Stir in baking soda until it foams. Pour onto baking sheet and allow to cool for a couple of minutes.
Using two forks, or buttered finger tips, begin stretching the edges away from the mass of brittle. Work your way around the pan, pulling off pieces as you stretch. Place these pieceson the counter or on another baking sheet; turn the pieces upside down as this will cause the peanuts to stay in the center of the candy, rather than sink to the bottom. Continue in this manner until all the brittle has been stretched. Allow to coll completely. Store in airtight containers. Makes 1 pound.


jennifer said...

Yum! I see you have been busy. I am about to start my holiday baking. You have inspired me to get it done!

dandee said...

Peanut brittle is one of my fave holiday treats. I think I'll try making my own this year. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

I just finished all my holiday treat! Now, the challenge is to not eat them all!

granma and papa said...


Wow, your peanut brittle looks just like your grandma Marriotti's. She would be so proud of you that you have her touch. It looks so good, please save us some for when we get out there! See you soon.

Love, Dad

Anonymous said...

um yum!! if only my son didn't have a peanut allergy. oh well maybe some day {when he goes to college} i can make some of this.

until some for me! :)

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