January 26th is National Peanut Brittle Day. Peanut brittle is a thin, hard, sugar candy loaded with peanuts.
Brittle has been around a long time and made with various nuts. Peanut brittle is the most popular brittle recipe in the US.
Yields about 1-1/2 pounds of peanut brittle.
2 cups sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup water
2 cups raw peanuts
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon baking soda
Grease 2, 15×10-inch pans with butter.
Heat and stir sugar, syrup and water in a heavy 3-quart saucepan until the sugar dissolves.
Cook over medium heat to soft ball stage (234 degrees).
Add nuts and salt.
Cook to hard crack stage (305 degrees), stirring often.
Remove from heat.
Quickly, stir in butter and baking soda.
Pour at once onto pans, spreading with spatula.
Break up when cold.
Do you like peanut brittle?