Monday, December 19, 2011
From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...It took two attempts, but I finally got this lovely recipe right. While it didn't burn first time through, I was distracted and let the brittle get ahead of me. It turned a dark and unappealing color that looked burned and would prevent folks from trying it, despite its lovely taste. Rather than waste the batch, I put it into the blender and made a praline-type powder to use for flavoring and decorating other pastries.Then I took the phone off the hook and set to work again. The Silver Fox loves brittle, and when I saw the candy Dave and Sarah Eickelberg made using a treasured family recipe, I was determined to duplicate their results. They have a step by step tutorial that will make easy work of this, should you decide to give their recipe a try. The tutorial can be found here and I'm happy to report that second time through was a charm. This is a lovely brittle and candy lovers will be delighted with the results. You will, however, need a candy thermometer to make this properly. I used salted peanuts, so I ended up with a sweet and salty combination that is almost irresistible. Those of you who love sweet things will love this recipe. Here's how the brittle is made.
Peanut Brittle...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Dave and Sarah Eickelberg
2 cups sugar
1 cup light corn syrup (i.e.Karo)
1/2 cup water
2 sticks (1 cup) of butter
3 cups roasted peanuts
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1) Combine sugar, corn syrup and water in a 3 quart saucepan. Cook and stir on medium to medium-high heat until sugar dissolves. When syrup begins to boil, blend in butter.
2) Stir frequently after mixture reaches the syrup stage (230 degrees F).
3) Add nuts when temperature reaches soft-crack stage (280 degrees F).
4) Stir constantly until temperature reaches hard-crack stage (305 degrees F).
5) Remove pan from heat. Quickly stir in baking soda and vanilla, mixing thoroughly. Pour onto two cookie sheets, sprayed with cooking spray. Stretch mixture evenly across pan using the back of a metal spoon, sprayed with cooking spray.
6) After brittle cools (30-45 minutes), remove from pan and break into pieces.
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