As I was saying in my earlier post, this Christmas season has been extremely busy. Speaking with friends and family I know am not alone life is moving at a frenetic pace for most people these days.
One of my most treasured Christmas treats that my mom makes is peanut brittle. I have been making this for years and years for gifts and the results have always been accolades.
What’s different about this recipe? It is actually made in the microwave! So those of you who have been apprehensive to try your hand at it for fear of the candy thermometer here is your chance. It is very very easy to make the only caution I will give is all microwaves are a little different and every baker has at least one batch that doesn’t quite turn out as you are trying to get your times right. I have included both the times for my microwave and the average times in case you have a lower watt microwave.
Try this recipe you won’t be disapointed! Want to make it different feel free to experiment. One of my current favorite variations is to add 1/2 cup crisp bacon to the recipe acheiving that perfect salty/sweet balance ’cause everything is better with bacon!
I am not sure where my mom originally got the recipe from but it has been a family favorite since 1977
Microwave peanut brittle
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup white or golden corn syrup (golden will be a slightly darker result. I have used golden in the accompanying pictures)
1 cup roasted salted peanuts (tip if you are making the bacon variation use unsalted as the bacon will add a nice smoky saltiness on it’s own)
1 tsp butter (plus more for greasing cookie sheet)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
Lightly grease a cookie sheet with butter.
In a large glass bowl (that will fit in your microwave) combine sugar and corn syrup.
Microwave 1 minute
Remove from microwave and stir in peanuts
Return to microwave and cook for another 3-5 minutes (My microwave which is standard takes 4 minutes)
Remove from microwave and Stir in butter and vanilla
Return to microwave and cook for 1-2 minutes more ( I cook mine for the full two)
Remove from microwave
Your peanuts will look lightly browned and the whole mixture will be extremely hot and bubbling.
Here is where the magic happens, add the baking soda and stir and the mixture will rise and get light and foamy.
Carefully pour the mixture onto a greased cookie sheet and slightly tilt tray to spread out mixture.
Let harden for 1/2 hour- 1 hour.
Crack and break into pieces and enjoy or give as gifts.