Monday, December 20, 2010

Who knew?

For the last 20 years I've shied away from making any kind of candy that required a candy thermometer. I tried making a pecan log shortly after I was married. To this day I don't know what went wrong, but a sledge hammer wouldn't have made a dent in the hardwood I created. I decided for the sake of our dental health to stay away from future endeavors of the candy making variety. That is until a favorite friend of mine presented me with some See's Peanut Brittle last week. When she gave me the box I asked her if I needed to share it with my husband. (He was on a business trip at the time.) She implied that, yes, it would be a good idea if I saved some for his return. I believe there were four puny pieces remaining in the box when he came home. I offered him two. I felt a little guilty after that and decided I would ignore my candy making ban and try my hand at creating some peanut brittle. After perusing the internet I realized that most peanut brittle recipes are exactly the same. I used this one at I doubled the recipe, which made a full cookie sheet of the scrumptious stuff!

I am not a fan of thin, hard peanut brittle. I like the thicker more air-filled variety and this recipe was just the ticket! Never having made it before, I was surprised how long it took to have the temperature of the sugary mixture rise to 300 degrees. I stood stirring that sweet concoction for the better side of 20 minutes in order for it to reach the desired temperature. (That may be due to the high altitude where we live.)

When the sugary mixture reached the correct temperature I poured it into a cookie sheet and waited for it to cool...

I was a little reluctant to taste it (fearing the worst), but when I gathered the courage to give it a try it was incredibly delicious. Incredibly. Delicious. 

If any of you out there thought making peanut brittle would be tricky, rest assured, it's not. This recipe is sure to become a family tradition!

I used lightly salted dry roasted peanuts because I love sweet/salty mixtures. The only thing I would do differently than the recipe indicates is add a few more peanuts! 


For those unaware, "Just Another Hang Up" made it to Round 5 for the Top Blog of 2010. If you feel inclined please vote for my blog on The Blog Guidebook's Top Blog of 2010 contest by leaving a comment on this post. I would appreciate it! Please remember that you can't vote "anonymously". If you don't have a blogger account, you must put in your name. Two blogs are duking it out for first place, but I wouldn't mind a few votes either. ;o) Thanks so much!

Have a wonderful day!


Staci said...

Peanut brittle is on my list of must prepare items this week. And I too like the thick stuff.

My mom makes it sound so difficult, but I think it's just because she hasn't done it before. She watched my grandma slave away making candy - it ALL (peanut brittle, toffee, divinity) had to be done on the same day.

I found a microwave version on All Recipes that is finished in about 20 minutes. I'm trying it this morning and will let you know how it goes.

Lynn said...

Hi Suzanne, I made Peanut Brittle every Christmas for years, haven't made it the last few years as I have found new favorites. Maybe I need to make it again! I like the thicker kind as well, in fact what I make looks very much like what you picture here. I added more peanuts too!!

Amy at Ameroonie Designs said...

My mom and daughter made some brittle last Sunday in the microwave. No thermometer needed! She used cashews instead of peanuts, and my it was yummy! I'm heading to the phone to get the recipe right now!

Susi said...

Love peanut brittle. Will add it to my list to try next year. I've baked plenty for the holidays and take a bit to work each day to get it out of the house.

Angie Holden said...

I have a microwave recipe -- so easy and so good!! It is the thicker it!!

KimMalk said...

It looks like your brittle turned out wonderfully. I, too, have avoided thermometer-candy recipes!

Becky said...

Oh my goodnes, that sure looks yummy! I love peanut brittle too. I voted for you blog. Good luck and Merry Christmas!!!

she dreams big! said...

Suzanne, you made peanut brittle the hard way! I have a microwave recipe that takes about 10 minutes and it is melt-in-your-mouth goodness! I make batches and batches of it every year for family and friends. Email me if you want the recipe! Your's looks yummy!

I'm off to Blog Guidebook to read the nasty comments! I still think you should have won!