Sunday, November 20, 2011

Recipes: Peanut Brittle

So, I'm going to make some Peanut Brittle this afternoon and thought I'd share my recipe along with the "cost" of making it.  I'm going to put the finished product in peanut butter jars (I've been saving these for this occasion!)

Peanut Brittle (Total Cost = $1.47)
1 cup honey roasted peanuts ($1.50 on sale -- $0.99)
1 cup white sugar  (~$2.49 GV -- $0.22)
1/2 cup light corn syrup ($1.98 -- $0.25)
1/2 cup water (FREE!)
1 teaspoon baking soda (~$0.75 -- $0.01)
This picture shows 1 cup of water but really you use 1/2 cup of water
  1. Butter a cookie sheet for spooning peanut brittle mix.  Use a lot of butter, otherwise it will stick!  You can also do it on foil instead.
  2. In a large skillet mix the sugar, corn syrup, and water together.  Cook at a medium high heat stirring regularly.  Heat the mixture until you get a "hard ball" consistency.   Heat to 250F - 265F (check with a candy thermometer), or until a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water forms into a rigid ball.
    1. If you don't own a candy thermometer, then occasionally hold a spoon over the mixture allowing it to drip off the spoon.  When the mixture is at a hard ball stage, it will "hair" off the spoon when falling.
  3. Once the mixture has reached the hard ball stage, add the peanuts.  When the mixture starts to turn a light clear-brown, as if it's starting to burn, remove from stove.  
  4. Add baking soda and stir.  Mixture will foam up.
  5. Spoon onto buttered cookie sheet (or on foil).  Try to make a semi-thin layer.
  6. Once cool break into small pieces and store!

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