January 29, 2012

Peanut Butter Brittle

Along with the Marshmallows, I decided to try my hand at making one of my all-time favorite Christmas treats for our friends and family... Peanut Butter Brittle.  It takes the great flavor of peanut brittle and adds a creaminess and flakiness.  I have never really cared much for peanut brittle as it's far too toffee-like.  But this?  This is perfection.





Ingredients

2 cups sugar
1/4 sup water
1 1/2 cups light corn syrup
2 cups salted peanuts (though I used just over 1 cup, as I didn't want too many nuts)
2 1/2 - 3 cups of peanut butter (I found that using more peanut butter made the candy more brittle)
1/2 tsp vanilla
1  1/2 tsp baking soda

Directions

  1. Preparations: Butter a cookie sheet; place in warm oven to keep warm-to-hot.  Combine the baking soda and vanilla in a small cup and set aside.  (This creates a paste of sorts and keeps the soda from brown-flaking in your syrup.
  2. Combine sugar, water and corn syrup in heavy saucepan
  3. Brain mixture to full boil over high heat, stirring until mixture appears clear.
  4. Cook to hard crack stage - 290 degrees.
  5. Meanwhile, put the measured peanut butter and peanuts in a double-boiler and heat until liquified
  6. When syrup mixture hits 290 degrees, remove from heat and add vanilla, soda, and warmed peanut butter mixture.  Combine and stir quickly.
  7. Working quickly, pour onto the very-warm, hot, buttered cookie sheet; spread with greased spatula
  8. Cool; break into pieces.
  9. Eat until your stomach aches.

Then, make a pizza to reward yourself.
Enjoy with love.


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