I used honey roasted peanuts to make this brittle, which added an extra hint of flavor to the brittle. You can use any nut you would like -- peanuts, pecans, pistachios, etc.... You can also use salted or unsalted, roasted or unroasted. It's sort of fun figuring out the combination you like the best. If you use honey roasted or any other type of nut with any sugar added to it, add them after the second 4 minute round of microwaving or they might burn. Otherwise, this recipe is pretty darn foolproof.
10 Minute Peanut Brittle
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 cup nuts
1 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
Mix together the sugar and corn syrup in a microwave proof bowl. Heat on high (100% power) for 4 minutes. Remove from the microwave and stir well. If you are using non-sugary nuts, add them to the mixture at this point and stir to combine. Microwave for an additional 4 minutes on high (100% power). Remove from the microwave and stir in the vanilla and butter. If you are using sugared nuts, add them at this point as well. Microwave on high for another 2 minutes. Remove from the microwave and stir in the baking soda. Pour the mixture into a greased baking pan and gently spread out to the thickness you desire. The brittle may not take up the entire pan. Work quickly, since the brittle will start to harden almost immediately.
Let set at room temperature until hard, then break into pieces. Store in an airtight container.
|adding the baking soda will make the mixture bubble up. |
it's what gives brittle it's distinctive texture.