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Old 05-08-2013, 01:11 PM   #1
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Help - soft peanut brittle, instead of brittle

When I am cooking peanut brittle I can't get the temperature up high enough and the brittle comes out gooey and soft instead of brittle and crackly. What am I doing wrong I leave it on the flames for quite a while boiling but it does not harden?

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Old 05-08-2013, 01:26 PM   #2
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I once had that problem and found it to be the sugar.
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Old 05-08-2013, 04:03 PM   #3
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You have to get the sugar up to hard crack stage. What is the recipe you are using? Are you using a candy thermometer? Are you at high altitude?
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:28 AM   #4
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Use a candy thermometer and cook to hard crack stage temperature wise, don't rely on time mentioned in a recipe. There are some pretty good microwave recipes out there that have been mentioned in previous threads on here. I don't even bother with the stove top anymore when I make brittle. The microwave is a lot easier time and clean-up wise and makes a darn good brittle.
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Old 05-10-2013, 06:23 AM   #5
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All excellent suggestions. Specially the candy thermometer.
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