When the holidays start to roll around, I’m always taken back to my days as a kid. Recently I was thinking about peanut brittle and how my grandma always had it around Christmastime. I’ve never made it before and imagined it would be a long, laborious task that I wouldn’t be interested in pursuing, but I figured I’d check with Google anyway, just in case I was wrong.
I am happy to report that I was wrong! I found a recipe for peanut brittle that is made in the microwave, and after some minor tweaking, landed on what I think is a fabulous recipe. Within 15 minutes, I had delicious peanut brittle in my grubby little paws. Without further ado, here it is.
Microwave Peanut Brittle
1 C white sugar
1/2 C light corn syrup (mmmm… corn syrup)
1 C dry roasted peanuts (the brittle in the photo was made with 1 1/2 cups, which I found to be too much… but if you like a nutty nut brittle, go for it!)
1 1/2 t vanilla
1 t baking soda
Important Note: Cooking times are using a 900 watt microwave. If your microwave is a different wattage (higher or lower), you will need to account for the difference and modify the cooking times accordingly. If you don’t know the wattage, check inside the door. It is likely on the sticker that contains the model and serial number of your microwave.
Another note: Measure all ingredients before you begin and have them ready. Once you start, work quickly, as the sugar mixture will begin to set as soon as you stop cooking/stirring.
Another nother note: If you coat your spoon and the edge of the bowl with oil, it makes it easier for the mixture to slide off when you’re ready to pour it out.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Put the baking sheet into a warm oven while you’re cooking the brittle. To do so, turn the oven to 200F and allow it to come to temperature. Once the oven reaches the temperature, turn the oven off. Warming the pan will allow you more time to work with the brittle when you’re ready to spread it.
In a large glass bowl, mix sugar and corn syrup to combine. Microwave on high for 5 1/2 minutes. DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR TO STIR. Add the butter, nuts, and vanilla and give it a quick stir. Cook an additional 2 minutes.
Add baking soda and stir quickly, just enough to combine. It will foam up.
Immediately pour mixture onto warm baking sheet and quickly, but gently, spread by tipping the pan back and forth, or if necessary, using 2 forks in a pushing and pulling fashion. Try not to smash it down much, as the airiness caused by the baking soda is what makes it light and crispy.
Allow to completely cool. Break into pieces and store in an airtight container.
This is your basic recipe. Next time, you can adjust the amount of nuts and vanilla to your liking. It’s quick, simple, easy, and delicious!
Let me know if you make it and how it turned out.