Dixie Peanut Brittle

Air Date: 
Fri, 12/01/2017
NC Ingredients: 
Peanuts

Description

Snack

Ingredients

2 c
granulated sugar (Stovetop Method)
1 c
light corn syrup (Stovetop Method)
1⁄2 c
water (Stovetop Method)
1⁄2 t
salt,optional (Stovetop Method)
3 c
raw shelled peanuts, skins on (Stovetop Method)
2 T
butter (Stovetop Method)
2 t
baking soda (Stovetop Method)
1 1⁄2 c
raw shelled peanuts, skins on (Microwave Oven Method)
1 c
granulated sugar (Microwave Oven Method)
1 t
butter (Microwave Oven Method)
1⁄2 c
light corn syrup (Microwave Oven Method)
1 t
vanilla extract (Microwave Oven Method)
1⁄8 t
Salt (Microwave Oven Method)
1 t
baking soda (Microwave Oven Method)

Instructions

Stovetop Method: In a heavy saucepan heat sugar, syrup, water and salt to a rolling boil. Add peanuts. Reduce heat to medium and stir constantly. **Cook to hard crack stage (293° to 300° F.) Add butter, then baking soda. Beat rapidly and pour on a buttered surface spreading to 1/4-inch thickness. When cool break into pieces. Store in an airtight container. Makes about 2 pounds.

**Note: In the absence of a candy thermometer, test for hard crack stage by dropping a tiny bit of syrup into ice water (let it thread from a spoon into the water). When the threads are brittle (not pliable) it has reached the hard crack stage.

Microwave Oven Method: Combine peanuts, sugar, syrup, and salt in a 2 -1/2 quart microwave safe container. 700 watt oven: Microwave 4 minutes on HIGH POWER; stir, microwave 4 minutes longer on HIGH POWER. Stir in butter and vanilla. Microwave 2 minutes longer on HIGH POWER.

1200 watt oven: Microwave 4 minutes on 60 PERCENT POWER; stir, microwave 4 minutes longer on 60 PERCENT POWER. Stir in butter and vanilla. Microwave 1 minute longer on 60 PERCENT POWER.

***Add baking soda and quickly stir until light and foamy. Immediately pour onto lightly greased baking sheet; spread to ¼ inch thickness. When cool, break into pieces. Store in airtight container.

***Note: Any cooking time adjustments necessary for lower or higher watt ovens must be made BEFORE adding baking soda. 

 

Notes

Lisa’s Notes: Peanut brittle is a delicious treat and great for gift giving. This recipe is courtesy of the North Carolina Peanut Growers Association. For more peanut recipes: http://aboutpeanuts.com/peanut-recipes/