Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Microwave Peanut Brittle

This recipe came to me via my dad, in fact the photo above is the brittle he made and sent to use with our Christmas gifts. The recipe originated with Ora Rainey of Marietta, GA. I want to make one note, Ms. Rainey's original recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of baking soda, but my Uncle Billy says that a little more will make it better. I have not tested this theory yet, but Uncle Billy lives in Albany, GA and is considered the family authority on peanuts. You may also need to reduce you cooking temperature if you have a higher power microwave.
1 1/2 cups raw peanuts, shelled
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon unsalted butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  1. Place the peanuts, sugar, corn syrup, and salt in a quart size microwave dish and microwave on high for 7 minutes.
  2. Stir in the butter and vanilla and return dish to the microwave and cook on high for 3 more minutes.
  3. Add the baking soda and pour the mixture out onto a butter flat baking sheet. Loosen from the baking sheet. When it cools completely, break into small pieces.

Calories per ounce: 110

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