Here is a tried and true personal favorite recipe of mine. I have been making it for friends and family for years, and I actually started out making it for my dad. I think it would be great tucked into a cute little box as a wedding favor, and although peanut brittle sounds difficult to make, it is AMAZINGLY easy. Truly!!
I do have a recipe that I used to use that I had adapted that was tried and true, BUT it involved a candy thermometer and standing by the stove for a really long time … no fun. I came across this MICROWAVE recipe, which is great … again, I have adapted it b/c I like lots more peanuts than it calls for. I also like the peanut brittle to not break your teeth, so I made the recipe time a little lower than the original recipe called for.
Here is my adapted recipe … enjoy.
Double Peanut Not-So-Brittle
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt (use up to 1/2 teaspoon if you like it saltier)
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups lightly salted peanuts (you can really use any nut)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
You will also need a flat surface to place the peanut brittle (like a cookie sheet), and I normally cover my surface with parchment paper. Have handy 2 forks, too.
In a 2 quart glass measuring cup (I use the P Chef batter bowl) combine sugar, corn syrup and salt. Stir until sugar is moistened. Microwave on high for 4 minutes.
Stir in butter and nuts, and return to microwave for 4 1/2 minutes. The mixture should be thick, bubbly and pale brown. It will be HOT, so use the handle of the bowl and/or an oven mitt … hot hot hot!!
Stir in vanilla and baking soda (it will make a fizzing sound and cause the mixture to lose a little air). Pour onto your prepared flat surface immediately, and spread it as flat and even as possible using the two forks (pulling at it to increase the surface area it covers). Let stand for about 20 minutes (sometimes I put it into the fridge), and when it is cool break it into bite sized pieces … yum! Store in an airtight container.
I hope that you all enjoy this recipe, and thank you for asking for it. You may need to tweak it a little as I did for flavor and your particular microwave. Yay for yummy, homemade candy … seems hard but is super easy.