November 18, 2008

Easy Peanut Brittle

My mom and I always made this recipe during holiday baking sessions when I was a child. It's a recipe that her dad made often with her. I hadn't made this peanut brittle in years, but a friend of mine suggested a potluck of food our grandparents would have made and this was an obvious choice. I was a little worried it wouldn't turn out right, but it's as easy as I remember. You just have to move quickly! This is prepared mostly in the microwave, so it's nice to have a microwaveable pot (glass or porcelain) with a handle. Lacking anything close, I just used a glass mixing bowl, which meant I needed help pouring the molten hot brittle out to cool. It got a little messy, but the brittle turned out delicious. (My friends seemed to think so, too.)

Carl's Microwave Peanut Brittle:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup salted, dry-roasted peanuts
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  1. Use a deep (microwaveable) mixing bowl with a handle. Mix the sugar and the light corn syrup. Microwave on high for 4 minutes.
  2. Add peanuts and mix well. Microwave on high for 4 minutes.
  3. Add butter and vanilla. Mix well. Microwave for 1 minute.
  4. Add baking soda. Mix together quickly and pour onto a buttered cookie sheet or marble slab.
  5. Break up when completely cool. (Do not put in the refrigerator.)
Different microwaves may require different times. (But these times worked fine on mine!)

1 comment:

  1. I feel like we have this same recipe at my house! Either that or maybe you made it when we were living together. Yum.


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