Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Easiest Peanut Brittle - EVER!

Things have been rather hectic this past week.  This weekend we had two children with birthdays to celebrate and our oldest daughter and her family moved to Nashville from Dallas.  To say that we are excited is a bit of an understatement.  We now have 4 out of 5 grandsons living within minutes of us and grandson #6 is due in February.  It doesn't get much better than that!

In preparation for their arrival, I made some goodies that were:  #1 - delicious and #2 - gluten free.  Our son in love has Celiac and he doesn't get to enjoy many treats because most baked goods are made with flour and flour has gluten.  I always try to have something for him to enjoy along with the rest of us.  

I made gluten free no bake cookies and I will post the recipe later in the week, but this was the recipe I wanted to share with you.  Make in the microwave peanut brittle!  Oh my goodness!!  It is beyond easy and is soooo delicious!  By the time I took this picture, half of the batch I made had already been consumed.  So, tomorrow I will make another batch.  Here is what you need.

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 Tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup peanuts (I used dry roasted)
1 tsp baking soda

First, combine the sugar and corn syrup in a microwave safe bowl.  (I used a corning ware bowl).  Stir to combine.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Add the butter, vanilla and peanuts.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 1 minute 25 seconds.  Remove the bowl from the microwave and quickly stir in baking soda.  (It will foam a lot, don't be alarmed).  Immediately pour mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, aluminum foil or a silpat.  Spread into a rectangle using the back of a spoon or a wooden spoon and let cool for 1 hour.   Break into pieces and enjoy!

Nothing could be easier and it is really, really, really good!  It is also gluten free which is a real treat for those who have allergies to gluten.  

This makes a nice sized batch of candy that would be great boxed and given as a gift, shared with co workers or eaten by your family!  It doesn't take hours slaving over a hot stove.  You don't need a candy thermometer and you don't have to worry about the humidity.  Candy can be a real pain sometimes.  This is the easiest candy recipe ever!  If you like brittles, you are going to love this one!  Enjoy.

Everyday Donna

Things to remember:

“Candy is nature's way of making up for Mondays." ~Unknown Author” 

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