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December 11th, 2006

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Peanut Brittle
By Rick Zieger

The peanut brittle recipe is no secret! It's in the GE Microwave Cookbook. The secret is to modify the times to your microwave and taste — do you like it light or dark, etc.


    1 cup Sugar

    ½ cup White corn syrup…………………….In 1 1/2 qt. Casserole (I use 2 qt. glass measuring cup with handle) stir together sugar and syrup. Microwave at high for 4 minutes. (That's too long for my microwave. I go about 3 ½ minutes)

    1 cup Roasted salted peanuts………………Stir in peanuts. Microwave at High 3 to 5 minutes, until light brown. (I go 3 minutes 20 seconds)

    1 tsp. Butter 1 tsp. Vanilla………………………………….Add butter and vanilla to syrup, blending well. Microwave at High 1 to 2 minutes more. Peanuts will be lightly browned and the syrup, very hot!

    1 tsp. Baking soda…………………………..Add baking soda and gently stir until light and foamy.

    Quickly pour mixture onto lightly greased cookie sheet, or unbuttered non-stick coated cookie sheet. Let cool ½ to 1 hour. When cool, break into small pieces and store in an Airtight container.

    If using raw peanuts, add peanuts before microwaving, to the sugar and syrup mixture, along with 1/8 tsp. Salt.

When you pour this out onto the pan, don't use any type of pan that is not flexible. One twist of the pan will pop the brittle out in one piece. I think it would be pretty to wrap a whole piece of brittle in plastic and put a bow on it for a gift. I don't take the dish out of the microwave until it is time to put the soda in. I also leave a wooden spoon in the mixture while cooking. This makes it easy to just dump the next ingredients in and without taking the sticky spoon in and out. This stuff gets dangerously hot, so be careful. I don't feel that I've made enough, though, unless I have at least one good blister. Just play around with it until you get the peanut brittle to your liking. Ten seconds can make a huge difference. If your microwave is older you may need to use more time. The newer the microwave the more powerful! ~ Rick Zieger

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