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Name:Peanut Brittle Contributor:Evelyn Wells
Description:Microwave Peanut Brittle Posted:2001-12-18
Key words:raw peanuts, vanilla, corn syrup Category:Desserts
ID:581 Updated:2006-04-02 19:38:12
Ingredients:1 c raw peanuts
1 c sugar
1/2 c white corn syrup (Karo)
pinch salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp butter/margarine
1 tsp baking soda
Preparation:In a large glass bowl, mix peanuts, sugar, corn syrup and salt. Microwave for 9 minutes, stirring every 3 minutes. Stir in the vanilla and butter/margarine, microwave for another 2 minutes. Stir in the baking soda (it will foam up), and quickly pour onto a greased cookie sheet and spread as evenly and thinly as you can. When cool, break into pieces and store in air-tight container.
Notes:Here's another recipe a friend requested, so I thought I'd go ahead and post it here too. It's really easy, and makes a great mail-able treat.


Evelyn's notes:
- My mom says: don't double the recipe. I trust her, so I never have tried it. :-)
- I used a 2 qt. measuring bowl, and having a handle was great because the bowl gets really hot.
- It's tempting to reuse the bowl without washing it, but that seemed to make the next batch a little dark (though it still tasted okay). Probably best to wash the bowl between each batch, even though it's a pain. Be sure to let the bowl cool down before washing, so it doesn't break.
- You can use other types of nuts, but you have to add them at different times so that they don't get burnt. I have tried raw cashews (best when added at the 6 minute mark) and almonds (best when added along with the vanilla & butter/margarine). I wouldn't try to add anything at the very end - it will cool the brittle too much and make it hard to spread.

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