Christmas Recipe 2: Microwave Peanut Brittle

Yet another holiday favorite around my neck of the woods. The best part about it, it’s totally microwavable! Unlike most of those other recipes that require you to slave over an open fire like chestnuts, this one only takes about 15 minutes watch time at the most.

Microwave Peanut Brittle

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup white corn syrup
1 cup roasted peanuts
1 teaspoon butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
glass bowl (it has to be glass. The first time I made this, I made it in plastic and the corn syrup melted through!!!)
greased cookie sheet

First, but the sugar and white corn syrup in a 1 1/2 quart glass casserole dish. Then stir together. You will have to push the mixture off the spoon before you continue. You want as much of it in the container as possible. Next, microwave the mixture for 4 minutes.

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After the time is up, (use a pot holder or two) stir in the roasted peanuts. Return to the microwave for 3-5 minutes until it is light brown. You can test this part out. This particular batch in the pictures was only for 3 minutes.

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Again, pull out the mixture and add the butter and vanilla. Stir until the butter is melted, which won’t take long, return to the microwave for another 1-2 minutes. Be very careful. It is very easy for the syrup to burn you through the glass.

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Last but not least, stir in the baking soda until light and foamy. It will foam up like that stuff you put in the walls to seal off bugs, but don’t panic. It’s perfectly normal. Immediately pour onto a lightly greased cookie sheet and allow for it to cool an hour.

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I let mine cool longer because I was busy doing other Christmas things (like putting up my tree). Make sure you place it in a cool place but not the fridge or the freezer. If it cools too fast, you could have some problems. I don’t know, I’ve never tempted that demon! But once it’s completely cool, you can break it apart.

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Neat trick: Don’t grab a hammer to break it. Lift the pan a little off the counter and drop it. Continue to drop it until you get the desired number of pieces. If there are still really big pieces, you can easily break those with your hand. Now all you have to do is ENJOY!

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Happy Cooking!

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