Skip to main content

Peanut Brittle

I asked my husband what one of his favorite Christmas time treats is and he surprised me when he said peanut brittle. I don't recall ever having peanut brittle and I never thought of it as being that awesome of a treat.
Christmas came and went and my intentions on making some peanut brittle for him never turned into action. So, New Years Eve, I decided it was my turn to try out candy making with my new candy thermometer and all.


I followed this recipe and tried to do everything with precision. It turned out good and he likes it so that's all that matters. :)

PEANUT BRITTLE

Ingredients
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup water
1 cup peanuts (I used dry roasted)
2 tablespoons butter, softened (I used Smart Balance)
1 teaspoon baking soda

Directions
Grease a large cookie sheet. Set aside.
In a heavy 2 quart saucepan, over medium heat, bring to a boil sugar, corn syrup, salt, and water. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Stir in peanuts. Set candy thermometer in place, and continue cooking. Stir frequently until temperature reaches 300 degrees F (150 degrees C), or until a small amount of mixture dropped into very cold water separates into hard and brittle threads.
Remove from heat; immediately stir in butter and baking soda; pour at once onto cookie sheet. With 2 forks, lift and pull peanut mixture into rectangle about 14x12 inches; cool. Snap candy into pieces.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Pollo Asado

My husband has a new favorite meal, pollo asado. Luckily for me, I have a favorite store, Sprouts, that sells marinated chicken "pollo asado" style and it is very decently priced. I get enough for the 2 of us (about 1.5 lbs) for about $5 and it is worth it.

Sometimes I like making everything from scratch, and sometimes I don't. This is a great meal for one of those "don't" days.

Pollo Asado Tacos

Grilled Pollo Asado chicken, then sliced
Refried beans with garlic and chili powder
Cooked brown rice
Fresh lettuce and tomatoes

All on a moist warmed corn tortilla.

Serve with some chips and salsa.

White Rolls and Cinnamon Rolls - Bread Machine Dough cycle

I always have assumed that the best white rolls have dairy ingredients, but I tried this recipe for Easter ( I made them into resurrection rolls with a marshmallow in the center) and they turned out delicious. My husband and I both agreed that they would make great cinnamon rolls, so I tried it today and was not disappointed.  My favorite part is that the dough is made in the bread machine. That way, the prep time/active time is cut down, which is a winner for my life.
Here are my two new recipes for White Rolls and Cinnamon Rolls.
White Dinner Rolls (bread machine – dough cycle) Place ingredients into bread machine pan: 1 cup water 2 Tbsp margarine 1 egg 3 ¼ cups unbleached all purpose flour ¼ cup white sugar 1 tsp salt 3 tsp active dry yeast
After dough is done (1.5 hours), pour out of the bread pan and onto clean surface. Divide into rolls and place into greased (coconut oil) pan. Brush tops of rolls with coconut oil (optional).  Let rise in a warm place for 30-45 min. Bake at 375 degrees F…

Swiss Chard anyone?

For the past few weeks I have been getting most of my produce from an organization that buys in bulk to divide between a large number of people within several communities. The name of this organization is Bountiful Baskets. It has been fun because I get a mixture of fruits and veggies, not knowing beforehand what will be in the basket when I pick it up on Saturday morning. This past Saturday, in my basket I found two large bunches of Swiss Chard. I had never seen it before, so I was glad it had a tag on it so I knew what it was. With a few ideas from my sister-in-law, I was able to prepare it as part of dinner. Thanks to bacon and onions, we all liked it.

So, here is what I did:
Cut up raw bacon in 1-2 inch pieces and cook it fully in large skillet.

Add:
- chopped yellow onion (about 1/4 cup or to taste)
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- chopped stems of chard (1 inch pieces)
- salt, seasonings of your choice (not much because the bacon gives it flavor and salt)
Saute on medium heat for about 2 …