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Old 12-02-2005, 11:06 AM   #1
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Peanut Brittle

Is it very hard to make? Anyone have any recipe's for a beginner to try?

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Old 12-02-2005, 11:17 AM   #2
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This one sounds simple enough, I would like to give it a try myself!

Easy Peanut Brittle for Christmas
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Old 12-02-2005, 09:55 PM   #3
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There is a recipe in the thread link below. Peanut brittle is easy to make. Here is a recipe from that AllenMI posted. If you like thicker brittle do not spread thinly after pouring into pans.

Peanut Brittle
Yields: 2 #

2 c Sugar
1 c Light corn syrup
1 c Water
1 T Margarine or butter
2 c Peanuts
1 t Vanilla
1 t Baking soda

Generously butter 2 cookies sheets. In large heavy saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, and water. Cook until sugar dissolves, stirring constantly. Continue cooking until candy thermometer reaches hard crack stage (300F.), stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and baking soda. Pour onto cookie sheets; spread as thin as possible. Cool completely; break into pieces. Store in airtight container in cool dry place.


Here is the recipe that I have used.

Butter-Nut Brittle

2 c sugar
1 c light corn syrup
1 c water
3 c unsalted dry roasted mixed nuts
2 T butter or margarine
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp baking soda

Mix sugar, syrup and water in a large heavy saucepan. Cover and heat to boiling. Uncover and cook rapidly to 236 on candy thermometer. (Soft ball stage) Stir in nuts slowly, keeping mixture bubbling. Cook rapidly, stirring constantly, to hard ball stage. (280) Stir in butter continue cooking to 300
Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla: sprinkle soda over top quickly, then stir vigorously about 15 seconds or until mixture is puffy. Pour at once into greased baking pan 15x10x1". Cool completely. Break into bite size pieces.
Store in a container that has a tight fitting lid.
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Old 12-02-2005, 09:56 PM   #4
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better yet sub cashews for the peanuts
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Old 12-02-2005, 10:17 PM   #5
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Good call, Middie! Cashews are far superior to peanuts! Mmmm....
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Old 12-13-2005, 08:11 AM   #6
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Peanut Brittle flop, HELP!!

My peanut brittle didn't harden. I followed one of the recipes here but no luck. This is my first time trying to make it. I had no candy thermometer, and I suppose that was my down fall. It also didn't turn a brownish color that I could tell. I shelled salted in the shell peanuts. OK, since this didn't turn out, do I have to throw the whole batch?
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Old 12-13-2005, 11:39 AM   #7
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HELP! peanut brittle

My first try at peanut brittle and it didn't harden. Do I have to throw the whole batch out now?? Think maybe I didn't boil it long enough. thanks for any help....
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Old 12-13-2005, 02:29 PM   #8
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Thumper, I merged your thread to the original but I will bump you up... I hope you will get the help you need soon!
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Old 12-13-2005, 05:29 PM   #9
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Well, thumper, you're in MN so I don't think it's the weather, but if you have had warm and/or wet weather it won't harden like it does in cold dry weather. Sounds like you need to get a candy thermometer and to cook yours more. Cooking it longer turns it brown.

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Old 12-13-2005, 10:25 PM   #10
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I don't know if you're interested...but we always make our brittle in the microwave...and you don't need a thermometer. Our microwave is 1100 Watts...if you have less...cook each section a couple extra minutes.

MICROWAVE PEANUT BRITTLE

MIX TOGETHER IN 2 QUART MICROWAVE BOWL:

1 CUP SUGAR
1/2 CUP CORN SYRUP
MICROWAVE 4 MINUTES

ADD

1 TEASPOON BUTTER OR MARGARINE
1 TEASPOON VANILLA
MICROWAVE 2 1/2 MINUTES

ADD:
1 TEASPOON BAKING SODA AND STIR UNTIL COLOR APPEARS.
(It will only take a minute or two.)

POUR OVER SALTED PEANUTS ON A COOKY SHEET. (As many peanuts as you want.)
You can also use pecans for pecan brittle....or I guess anything you like!
When cool...break into pieces.

If someone out there tries this...please let me know if it works as well for you as it does for me.
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