Thursday, April 14, 2011

Peanut Brittle...

Dh brought this recipe in a few weeks ago....begging ;-)

He told me the story (for the 103rd time ;) about how his parents paid their church off by selling peanut brittle.
(It really is a great story! But yes, I pick on him for forgetting that he's already told me the story!hee hee Shame on me!)

Where he got the recipe, I'm not sure. Maybe from his FB friends?  But, it is a good one! (Even if it does use HFCS straight up!)

And it's really quite easy to make! (My one glitch is, a lack of a candy thermometer! But it can be done without it, using the cool water test. It will make a brittle thread, when you drop a dab in a cool cup of water, not a gooey ball, when it is ready.)

1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 t salt
1/4 cup water
1 cup peanuts, unsalted
2 T softened butter
1 t baking soda

1. Butter large cookie sheet, set aside.
2. In a heavy 2 quart saucepan, over medium heat, bring to a boil; sugar, corn syrup, salt, and water. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Stir in peanuts. Set candy thermometer in place and continue cooking. Stir frequently until temperature reaches 300 degrees or until a small amount of mixture dropped into very cold water separates into hard and brittle threads.
3. Remove from heat; immediately stir in butter and baking soda; pour at once onto cookie sheet. With 2 forks, lift and pull peanut mixture into rectangle about 14x12 inches; cool. Snap candy into pieces.

tip: This "pulling" is important, otherwise the candy will be quite thick and harder to chew. This candy can be rough enough on the teeth!

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