Peanut Brittle

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Preparation info

  • Difficulty

    Medium

  • Yield:

    2

    Thin Sheets (Approximately 41 × 61 cm 16 × 24 in )

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Ingredients

Sugar 790 g 28 oz 29%
Water 340 g 12 oz 13%
Glucose syrup 570 g 20 oz 21%
Raw peanuts 910 g 32 oz 34%
Butter 60 g 2 oz 2%
Vanilla extract 15 g 0.5 oz 1%
Salt 2 tsp 2 tsp <1%
Baking soda, sifted 10 g tsp <1%
Batch Size 2695 g 95 oz 100%

Method

  1. Combine the sugar and water in a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil while stirring.
  2. Add the glucose syrup and continue cooking to 115°C/239°F without stirring.
  3. Add the peanuts and cook to 155°C/311°F over moderate heat, stirring constantly.
  4. Remove from the heat and add the butter, vanilla extract, and salt and mix well. Add the baking soda and stir well to incorporate.
  5. Pour the mixture onto an oiled marble slab and spread to approximately 6 mm/¼ in thick with an offset palette knife.
  6. If desired, when the brittle cools to a plastic consistency, pull into thin sheets to make a more delicate candy.
  7. When cooled completely, break into pieces and store protected from humidity.

Cocoa Nib Brittle

Replace the peanuts with 200 g/7 oz of cocoa nibs.

Pecan Chipotle Brittle

Replace the peanuts with 700 g/25 oz of chopped pecans. Add 1 tsp of chipotle powder before adding the baking soda. Use more chipotle powder for smokier flavor and more heat if desired.

Sesame Brittle

Replace the peanuts with 500 g/18 oz of sesame seeds.