Peanut brittle

Posted on: December 18th, 2011 by admin 6 Comments

There is nothing more special to me than when someone shares a family recipe.  This time of year I especially love to know what people like to make for the holidays.  One of those recipes you just can’t imagine living without at this time.  One that was passed on from Grandparents.  A taste that brings you back to a certain memory the instant it touches your tongue.  Here’s one now from Alex in Australia, via Colorado – sweet, easy and irresistible.

Mama Chambers’ Peanut Brittle.

  • 1 c sugar
    1/2 c light corn syrup (Aussies look for light Karo in IGA)
    1/2 c water
    pinch salt
    1 c or so, raw peanuts
    1 Tbsp Butter
    1 tsp vanilla
    1 tsp baking soda

Cook the sugar, corn syrup, water and salt in a saucepan on med-high heat until hard ball stage, stirring occasionally (about 10+ minutes).  Add the peanuts and butter and cook until light brown, (another 5+ minutes, stirring occasionally so you don’t burn the peanuts) remove from heat, add vanilla and baking soda. (The soda will make the mixture expand and fizz.)

Pour immediately onto a buttered non stick baking tray, and pull thin and even with 2 buttered forks.  Set aside to cool. Once the brittle has cooled completely, snap it into pieces and store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.  This recipe is also great if you add a handful of macadamias.

YUMMO!!!  Thanks Alex!

Song for this recipe:

“Doin’ Time” – Sublime Doin' Time - Sublime (Deluxe Edition)

This album is like one of those familiar recipes for me – everyone has one like this.  Brings you back to certain memories in an instant.  In my early days of glass-blowing this album was a hot-shop fav.  Now every time I hear the reggae/ska beats and poor old Brad Nowell’s voice I am immediately directed back in time to fun school days when I spent time learning an awesome art with good friends like Alex.  Bring on the memories – and happy holidays my friends.

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6 Responses

  1. Family recipes are the best, especially when the come with a memory or feeling. My favorite recipes all have a story.

  2. Nice! Too bad i dun have many family recipes :( cuz my parents only like Chinese food hehe but great recipe and thanks for sharing!

  3. admin says:

    Chinese food is amazing Daisy!! You’re lucky. Peanut brittle is easy though – do try it!

  4. Emma says:

    Oh gorgeous recipe, I love peanut brittle.

  5. The Little Red Hen says:

    Alex! Now there’s a blast from the past. Same with the hot shop music memories. I love peanut brittle-definitely making this one. Xx

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