I finally tackled a new type of sweets on my list…candy! Peanut brittle is an amazingly easy way to test out your candy making skills. The finished product was pretty impressive…crunchy, decadent and buttery! This one is definitely a keeper (holiday gifts 2012 ;)).
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1/4-1/2 tsp salt (depending on the saltiness of the peanuts being used)
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 cup peanuts (I used roasted, salted)
- 2 tbsps butter, softened
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Grease a large cookie sheet with butter. Place in 200 degree oven (the warm sheet helps when spreading the mixture out).
2. In a heavy 2 quart saucepan (with candy thermometer in place), over medium heat, bring to a boil sugar, corn syrup, salt, and water. Stir frequently.
3. When the temperature reaches 250 degrees F, add peanuts. Continue to stir frequently until temperature reaches 300 degrees F, or until a small amount of mixture dropped into very cold water separates into hard and brittle threads.
4. Remove from heat; immediately stir in butter, baking soda and vanilla; pour at once onto warm, greased cookie sheet. With 2 forks, lift and pull peanut mixture into rectangle about 14×12 inches; cool. Snap candy into pieces.