How to make peanut brittle
January 1, 2012 29 Comments
I have actually forgotten about this sweet until my mom-in-law made a special request last Christmas as this is her favorite and she haven’t had it in years. I’ve been busy trying out new recipes of cookies, cakes, cupcakes, muffins and other sweets that I’ve already forgotten about my old repertoire of sweets.
In the Philippines, I remember buying it in Baguio City at the Good Shepherds’ Convent. They come in plastic jars and are best sellers together with the strawberry and ube (a type of purple yam) jams.
Because Baguio City is a long drive up northern Philippines, getting this peanut brittle is almost next to impossible. Being adventurous in the kitchen, I decided to make it myself. I forgot already how or where I got the recipe but I never forgot how.
The recipe is simple and requires very basic ingredients such as the following:
1 cup peanuts, roasted and roughly chopped
1 cup granulated white sugar
1/4 cup water
pinch of baking powder
You will also need a rolling pin and baking paper, greased or buttered. I use the baking spray as that is easier.
1. Make the caramel. Place the sugar and water in a thick bottomed pan. Turn the heat to high and bring the water and sugar to the boil without stirring. Then lower the heat to medium-high and continue boiling. After about 8 minutes, the mixture will start to brown. Continue boiling until the liquid is the color of amber.
2. When the caramel has turned amber, add the baking powder and then the peanuts. Stir until all the peanuts are evenly coated with the caramel.
3. Pour into the greased baking paper and using the rolling pin, roll until evenly spread to about 1/4 cm. thickness. While still hot, cut into squares using a sharp knife.