Saturday, January 2, 2010

Peanut Brittle

Another ingredient I have too much of? Peanuts! I gave Virginia Peanuts as part of our oot bags for the wedding, and like everything for the wedding, I WAY over-bought! (I also bought too much dark chocolate for the chocolates that went on the cupcakes, so I was thrilled that this recipe calls for drizzling with chocolate.) So, peanut brittle, here we come.

Peanut Brittle (from food network)

Ingredients :
Brittle:
2 vanilla beans
3 1/4 cups or 500 grams unsalted toasted peanuts
1 scant cup or 200 grams granulated sugar
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon or 100 grams corn syrup
1 1/4 cup or 300 grams unsalted butter, cubed
1/4 cup or 80 grams honey
2 teaspoons or 6 grams salt
Optional chocolate decoration:
32 ounces bittersweet chocolate, tempered


Directions
Split vanilla beans lengthwise and scrape seeds into a large heavy-bottomed saucepan, along with scraped out pods. Place remaining ingredients in saucepan and place over high heat. Cook to a caramel color while continuously stirring with a wooden spoon. The mixture will become very thick. Pull out the vanilla beans and set aside. Lightly spray the work surface with vegetable cooking spray. If you would like to use metal rulers so the brittle will be rolled to an even thickness, set them into place now. Immediately pour the mixture onto the marble or granite slab (you can also use a parchment paper lined baking sheet). Place a piece of parchment paper over the hot brittle and use a rolling pin to roll the peanut brittle into a 3/8-inch thick flat layer. Use a sharp chef's knife to partially cut the brittle while it is still warm. Allow it to cool completely before coating it with chocolate. It is ready to eat now or you can add chocolate to the outside of the brittle.

To cover with chocolate: You can use a variety of methods to apply chocolate to the brittle. You could simply place some chocolate into a cornet and drizzle the chocolate over the cool brittle. You could also use a dipping fork to dip each piece of brittle in the chocolate. Whatever method you use, allow the chocolate to set and it is ready to serve




The first time I made this, it came out perfectly and wsa loved by all. When I tried it again (twice), I couldn't get it to firm up, so I don't know about the reliability factor. But when it works, it's perfection!

3 comments:

Jade Briony said...

i love peanut brittle! that looks delicious! :)

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Seeing this image of your finish product made me crave. I really like to try your recipe, but Nutella is the chocolate that will add to the top to make it more delicious!

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