Prep 10 mins
Cook 6 mins
Bravo to Love2Eat’s Peanut Brittle in a Jiffy #58383 - it got me started, but with the adjustments for my higher powered microwave and some flavor changes I thought I should write my own recipe. I can not say how much Love2Eat’s note about having everything measured out and ready to go was a life saver. I use an 8 cup pyrex measuring bowl with a handle as this mixture bubbles up and gets very hot (bowl gets very hot too) - it is MOLTEN SUGAR- if your work area is not right next to your sink - have a bowl of ice water in case of burns. THIS RECIPE IS FOR A 1200 WATT MICROWAVE. Oh yeah, I sorta faked it on how many this will serve - it is habit forming.
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 tablespoon molasses (unsulphured)
- 1⁄2 cup less 1 tablespoon corn syrup
- 2 cups salted peanuts
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Line a baking/cookie sheet with foil or parchment paper and spray with cooking spray or grease with butter.
- Put 1 tablespoon molasses in a ½ cup measuring cup and then fill with corn syrup (spray cup with cooking spray first, so corn syrup will come out easier).
- Put corn syrup mixture and white sugar in an eight cup bowl and mix well then microwave on high for 2 minutes, remove and stir and then microwave for 1 more minute.
- Remove from microwave and add peanuts, stir into bubbling sugar mixture and microwave for 2 minutes.
- Remove from microwave and then stir in butter and vanilla and microwave for 1 minute.
- Remove from microwave and quickly stir in baking soda - it will get somewhat white and foamy - spread out onto baking sheet - you can let it cool at room temperature or cool in the fridge. Put mixing bowl cup in sink under hot running water to aid in cleanup.
- * I add the molasses because it gives the brittle a beautiful color - it is not required to make the recipe - if you don’t want to use it, just use a full ½ cup of corn syrup. Watch out with sampling - this stuff is habit forming - if you want to bump it up a notch - add 1 teaspoon cinnamon to sugars at begining (my daughter and I like) or if you really want to kick up it up - add the cinnamon and 1/3 teaspoon caynne pepper - hot stuff. I love the sweet and spicy.
I bought a new microwave this year and my old recipe burned the peanut brittle. I tried to adjust it and it did not work. I found this recipe and tried it. It is GREAT! I made 4 batches and each on came out okay. The only thing I would suggest not to do is use real vanilla, it gave it a burnt taste. Thanks for saving me this Christmas.
I tried this in my 1200 watt microwave oven, and unfortunately my brittle was chewy and underdone! The 'usual' 4-4-2 recipe burns it to a crisp. Thanks for writing this one up, I'll tweak it for another minute or so and hopefully it'll be just right.