As promised, the recipe for easy Peanut Brittle from
your microwave. I don't usually eat a lot of candy,
but I just couldn't stay away from this buttery stuff!
This recipe makes a small amount, so I have found
that if you want thicker brittle you should prepare
a smaller pan, maybe an 8" x 8". We made it on
regular cookie sheets and the pieces were thinner.
It's all a matter of personal preference.
This delicious treat makes excellent gifts--the
stores are filling with pretty tins, bags & boxes
for Christmas right now that are perfect for
filling with brittle and handing out to some
very lucky recipients!
1 1/2 cups peanuts (I used Spanish peanuts)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
Pinch of salt
1 Tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
Coat a baking sheet or pan with a generous amount of cooking spray.
In a glass bowl combine the peanuts, sugar, corn syrup and salt. Stir.
Microwave this for 4 minutes, 45 seconds on high.
Carefully remove from the microwave and stir in butter and vanilla.
Microwave again for 1 minute and 45 seconds on high.
Carefully remove and stir in baking soda just until mixture is foamy.
Don't overstir at this point--you want it fluffy.
Immediately pour onto prepared baking sheet or pan and spread just
a little to make a single layer. Don't mess with it too much--you don't
want to deflate the baking soda. Place in a cool spot to harden.
In about 20 minutes it will be cool and set. I used a very thin spatula
to reach under the brittle and pop it off the sheet. Break into pieces.