This is my mom's recipe for peanut brittle. It is a hit with everyone in the family and so easy. She just came over this morning and we cooked it together 12/12/14, so I have the benefit of her latest thoughts on it. She has a 950W microwave and I have a 1000W. They cook pretty much the same. if your microwave is higher wattage, the power or cooking time should be reduced accordingly.
1. Butter a cookie sheet ahead of time and place it in a warm oven. This will help the candy spread later.
2. Layer syrup, sugar, and salt. I used a 2.5L Pyrex mixing bowl...the middle size.
3. Total microwave time is about 6 minutes, but the are broken up into three times. Microwave the above layered ingredients for 2-3 minutes.
4. Remove from microwave and add nuts and stir quickly to mix. Return to microwave and cook 2 minutes.
5. Remove and stir in butter and vanilla. Always work quickly. It is helpful to have ingredients premeasured so everything can go fast.
6. Microwave 1 minutes.
7. Remove and add baking soda. Stir quickly and then turn onto warm baking sheet. Spread as much as you can as you pour.
8. Tilt cookie sheet in different directions to help the mixture spread while the mixture is hot. After a minute or two as the mixture starts to set, loosen on edges and as you do, pull to stretch as much as you can. This seemed more effective to us than patting out with spoon. Do whatever works for you, but working fast is important as the set up is quick.
9. Once the mixture hardens, break into pieces and store in airtight container.
Optional: Instead, pour over popcorn that has the unpopped kernels taken out to make cracker jacks.
We have never tried doubling the recipe. The set up is so quick, we think it would be harder to work quickly with a larger amount. Mom makes several batches in a morning. It is not necessary to clean off the hardened remnants of candy in the mixing bowl between batches. (It will melt into the next batch.) We made two batches today. The second was the best. I think technique tends to improve and the only hard part is working fast. If you use salted peanuts that are cooked, you can add them after the initial microwave of 4 minutes. If you choose to use cooked salted peanuts, you would eliminate the salt.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (7g)|
|Recipe Makes: 30 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 9 (82%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 1g||1 %|
|Saturated Fat 0.2g||1 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 0.5g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 0.3g|
|Cholesterol 0.2mg||0 %|
|Sodium 4.9mg||0 %|
|Potassium 22.4mg||1 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 0.3g||0 %|
|Dietary Fiber 0.2g||1 %|
|Sugars, other 0.1g|
|Protein 0.4g||1 %|
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Calories per serving: 11
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