Monday, January 25, 2010

Peanut Brittle

I remember when I was little my granny didn't have a lot of money to spend on gifts so she would give us great-grandkids cheap boxes of peanut brittle for our birthdays. I look back on that now and just chuckle...I'm sure our parents just loved us getting all that candy to rot our teeth! Over the years I've made my own peanut brittle and each time I make it I think of my granny. I hope she's looking down on me and chuckling too! ; )

1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp water
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup water
1 cup light corn syrup
3 tbsp butter
1 pound shelled unroasted peanuts

Butter 2 cookie sheets and keep warm. Mix baking soda, 1 tsp water and the vanilla. Mix sugar, 1 cup water and the corn syrup in 3-qt saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally to 240 on a candy thermometer or until small amount of mixture dropped into cold water forms a soft ball that flattens when removed from water.

Stir in butter and peanuts. Cook, stirring constantly to 300 or until small amount of mixture dropped into very cold water separates into hard, brittle threads. Watch carefully so mixture does not burn. Immediately remove from heat. Quickly stir in baking soda mixture until light and foamy.

Pour half of the candy mixture onto each cookie sheet and quickly spread about 1/4 inch thick: cool. Break into pieces. Store in an airtight container.


Jojo said...

My dad was the p'nut brittle maker at our house and seeing this reminds me of him.

What a nice memory to start the day with!

Denise said...

My mom would have loved this.