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Peanut Brittle

This recipe has been adapted from Martha Stewart Living, October 1996.

  • yield: Makes 2 pounds

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 1/2 cups salted, fresh roasted peanuts (about 1 pound, 7 ounces), skinned
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Coat two 12-by-17-inch baking sheets with vegetable spray.

  2. Step 2

    In a heavy 5-quart saucepan with lid, combine sugar, corn syrup, and water. Cover pot, and bring to a boil over high heat, about 5 minutes. Dissolve sugar by carefully swirling pot often over burner. Keeping lid on will prevent sugar crystals from forming; however, should crystals form, wash down sides of pot with a wet pastry brush.

  3. Step 3

    Once steam just begins to escape from pot, remove cover and reduce heat to medium. Insert candy thermometer, and continue to boil until temperature reaches 230 degrees (thread stage), about 1 minute.

  4. Step 4

    Add peanuts, stirring constantly with a metal spoon until mixture reaches 300 degrees (hard crack stage) and is a rich golden brown, 13 to 18 minutes.

  5. Step 5

    Immediately remove from heat, and quickly add butter, vanilla, and baking soda. Stir with a metal spoon until butter melts; mixture will become foamy. Pour half of mixture down center of each pan, spreading evenly with a spatula. Allow to cool for at least 1 hour.

  6. Step 6

    Turn brittle out of pan, and snap it into shards.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, October 2005

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Reviews (6)

  • 6 Jan, 2013

    yummy! had raw spanishe peanuts on hand, so roasted them following an online suggestion, and everything turned out great!

  • 26 Dec, 2008

    This is the perfect, classic peanut brittle. I made this to give as gifts this year and my husband kept stealing pieces when I wasn't looking. Don't change a thing about the recipe and it will turn out perfectly.

  • 24 Dec, 2008

    Has anyone used raw peanuts with this recipe?

  • 18 Nov, 2008

    The best peanut brittle I have ever had so much better then anything you can buy.

  • 4 Feb, 2008

    This is the best recipe ever. I love it, follow the directions to the T and you will have the best brittle ever! Better than any brittle you can buy.

  • 13 Dec, 2007

    The best recipe for peanut brittle!!! Love it!!!