Friday, March 12, 2010

Salted Peanut Brittle

I married someone who loves candy but couldn't care less about pastries. (I know! What is wrong with him?!) Peanut brittle is one of his favorites, so I make it when I feel like being extra nice. I've adapted a Mrs. Fields recipe for Macadamia Nut Brittle, using vegan ingredients and a little peanut butter. It's a sugary splurge for sure, to be consumed in moderation. Salted peanuts make all the difference here: this sweet-and-salty peanut brittle is downright addictive.

Salted Peanut Brittle
Adapted from Mrs. Fields Cookie Book

1 cup salted peanuts
6 ounces non-hydrogenated vegan margarine (I used Earth Balance)
1 cup granulated sugar
¼ cup water
1½ tablespoons natural peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon baking soda

Grease the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish or a cookie sheet with edges, and spread peanuts in a single layer.

Stir margarine, sugar, water, and peanut butter over medium heat until sugar crystals melt. Raise heat to medium-high. Monitor mixture, stirring occasionally, until it begins to darken. (If you have a candy thermometer, heat until mixture reaches 250°F.)

Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and baking soda. Immediately pour over peanuts and spread with the back of a spoon.

As peanut brittle cools, it will be sticky and chewy (not brittle). Allow it to sit for at least 3 hours, until firm enough that you can easily free it from the cookie sheet and break it into pieces. Store in an airtight container.

11 comments:

  1. I made this 2 days ago! How conincimental is that!
    P.S
    Spain is freezing and wet at the moment - Barcelona issued a state of emergency.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-1256549/Snow-hits-Barcelona-bringing-Catalonia-standstill.html

    It never snows in Barcelona!

    Roll on next week when it's supposed to be warming up!

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  2. You had me at "Salted." What a great idea to add pb! I'm going to have to add this to my weekend baking roster even though this is candy making, not baking. Thanks for this, Mary!

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  3. Oh yum. I might make some of this for my dad's birthday. He's a peanut fiend.

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  4. Hi Mary,
    Thanks so much for suggesting that MarsEdit on my blog. If I'm reading it correctly, it looks like it's just for Macs. Is that right? I'm hoping not.....

    And that peanut brittle looks delish!

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  5. Adding PB must make your brittle extra delicious!

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  6. Peanut brittle is so good--I'm dying for a piece right now!

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  7. Wow! That looks so good!! I'm almost surprised that the recipe calls for so little Peanut butter! I guess a little bit goes a long way, which is definitely good!! :)

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  8. I used a storebrought peanut brittle for a cupcake topper a few months ago. I bet this would've been so much tastier.

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  9. That looks so yummy! Peanut brittle is our favorite snack too, it's so addictive.

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