Peanut Brittle

 

 

Peanut Brittle

You know how last week, I was all about healthy eating, well this week it’s all about getting ready for the holidays.  Making special sweet treats for people in your life is a great way of saying “Thanks for all you do”!  And this recipe is super easy and I’ve been making it for years, and have a lot of people asking if I can make some for them!  It’s buttery and sweet, crunchy and a little salty, the perfect thing to make for friends that you wouldn’t know what to get for the holidays.

 

It only takes about 10 minutes to make, cause we’re using the microwave and this is one recipe I DO NOT recommend you making with your kids.  The corn syrup mixture gets super duper hot and I wouldn’t want anyone to get burn(not fun I know from experience). Second, I always use a large (8 cup mixing pitcher, mine’s Pyrex) because when microwaving the handle doesn’t get hot, so it’s easy to handle.  I’ve use other bowls, even one’s that are microwave safe, but it’s still get hot, so you’re forewarned.  Lastly, you use baking soda at the end, if you think you’re baking soda might be out of date, spend a couple bucks and buy a new box, it won’t turn out if you baking soda doesn’t do it’s job.

 

On to the recipe, I can make while I’m home for lunch and just break it out when I come home from work.  Get out 1/2 cup measuring cup because you can use it for the whole recipe.

Peanut Brittle

1 1/2 cups dry roast peanuts

1 cup of sugar

1/2 light corn syrup (spray your cup with non-stick spray and it will slide right out)

1 tsp. salt

1 TBSP. butter

1 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. baking soda

In a large microwaveable bowl, combine peanuts, sugar, corn syrup and salt and microwave 3 1/2 minutes on high, stir and microwave on high for 3 minutes and 15 seconds. Remove from the microwave and stir in butter and vanilla, return to microwave and microwave on high for 1 minute 30 seconds.  Remove and stir in baking soda and pour out on a baking sheet pan sprayed with non stick baking spray. Shake pan to spread it out, allow to cool on counter and break into pieces.  Store in air tight container.

The best way to clean up the bowl, is as soon as you pour out the brittle on your pan, put the bowl into water ASAP, and it will melt off the sticky stuff.

 

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