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Peanut Brittle Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Marlene "Gail" Polk-Pearson
Added: Monday, September 29, 2008

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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
1-1/2 tsp. Baking soda
1 C. plus 1 tsp. Water, divided
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
1-1/2 C. Sugar
1 C. light Corn Syrup (Karo©)
3 Tbsp. Butter
1 lb. peanuts, shelled and unroasted

Directions:
Directions:
Heat oven to 200º Butter 2 cookie sheets (15.5 in. X 12 in.), place in oven to keep warm.
Mix baking soda, 1 tsp. water and the vanilla, set aside.
In a 3-qt. saucepan, mix sugar, 1 C. water and corn syrup together. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until temperature reaches 240º on a candy thermometer (or until small amount of syrup dropped into very cold water forms a soft ball that flattens when removed from water).
Stir in butter and peanuts. Cook, stirring constantly, until thermometer reaches 300º (or until small amount of syrup dropped into very cold water separates into hard, brittle threads). Watch carefully so mixture does not burn. Immediately remove from heat. Quickly stir in reserved baking soda mixture until mixture is light and foamy.
Pour half the candy mixture onto each cookie sheet, quickly spread about 1/4-inch thick. Cool completely, at least 1 hour. Break into pieces. Store in covered container.
Variations: Substitute Cashews or Pecans in place of the peanuts.

 

 

 

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