Wednesday, December 30, 2009

10 Minute Peanut Brittle Microwave Recipe

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I might be a tad bit late in posting this easy Christmas treat recipe, but when a 5-month old governs your life, its hard to squeeze out time for blogging! In any case, I think you'll find several occasions to make this hassle-free Peanut Brittle which is a great treat all year round. What's more, this fail-proof 10-Minute Microwave recipe makes it very easy to enjoy this favorite dessert with friends and family. And it will undoubtedly be loved by your kids too. For delicious variations, replace peanuts with almonds, walnuts, pecans, or even a mixture of your favorite nuts! Use the basic brittle recipe, and feel free to play around with your choice of nuts.

Ingredients
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 cup raw peanuts
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda

Method
Combine first 4 ingredients in 2-quart microwave mixing bowl. Microwave on HIGH for 8 minutes, stirring after 4 minutes.

Then Add butter and Microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes. Brittle should not get too brown.

Stir in vanilla and soda until light and foamy. Spread on buttered baking sheet as thinly as possible. Allow to Cool completely. Break into small pieces and store in an airtight container.

For a great holiday gift, wrap up some pieces in cellophane paper or tissue wrapper, or even a fancy cloth, then tie with a decorative ribbon and share with friends this holiday season.

Tip: The trick to making thin, tender peanut brittle is to keep the baking sheet(s) you use warm. You can heat them in a conventional oven at around 200 deg F before you spread the peanut brittle mix. This should allow you to spread the mix 1cm to 2cm thick without it setting up.

There, hope you all had a Merry Christmas, and wish you all a wonderful New Year ahead!

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