Monday, 27 February 2012
Quick Peanut Brittle
Every year after Christmas I am left with unopened bags of dried roasted peanuts, I have tried loads of recipes to use them up, but this is by far my favourite. Now I'm fairly sure that you won't be sharing this recipe with your dentist because of the sugar and golden syrup content but occasionally this is an excellent treat. I have made up batches, parcelled them off in parchment paper and given them away, makes you very popular at the school gate! If you are new to peanut brittle, it is a sweet crunchy confectionery that you have to break with a hammer!
220g Dry roasted peanuts
200g White sugar
120ml Golden syrup
1g Salt (optional)
1tsp Vanilla extract
5g Bicarbonate of soda
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. In a glass bowl or a deep sided silicone dish, combine peanuts, sugar, golden syrup, and salt.
Cook in microwave for 5-6 minutes on High (800 W), mixture should be bubbly and peanuts browned.
Stir in butter and vanilla; cook 2 to 3 minutes longer. Quickly stir in bicarbonate of soda, just until mixture is foamy.
Pour immediately onto lined baking sheet. Let cool 15 minutes, or until set. Break into pieces, and store in an airtight container (not in the fridge, you'll have no teeth left!).