Sorry not sorry for bombarding you all with sweets, candy, baked goods etc. Trust me, I know it’s not the healthiest of foods, but halloween is fast approaching and we can’t contain ourselves. It’s the one Holiday we allow ourselves to cheat and eat candy till our heart’s content. At least that’s what I tell myself to justify my actions. I am the one that ends up eating it after all. And boy did I enjoy devouring this Peanut Brittle.
There are a couple of important things to know about making candy. You cannot make candy properly without a candy thermometer. We used Winco’s Deep Fry/Candy thermometer, but any will do. The temperature has to be just right, depending on the type of candy you are making. Below is a chart of all the stages of candy hardness, and the nut brittle sugar syrup mixture needs to reach the hard-crack stage which is between 300-310 degrees. We actually pulled ours off the stove right when the thermometer read 295 degrees and it was perfect.
Keep in mind this is a sticky messy process that is totally worth it in the end, so keep calm and candy on. Because of how sticky this stuff is, you will want to heavily grease the cookie sheet (non-stick cookie sheet is best) with butter. Non stick or not, butter that sheet up good.
Lastly, you want to remember to have fun with it! We had fun with ours by adding orange food dye, because well….Halloween. Need I say more? So we halloweenified ours, which you can do as well. Or you could change yours up by adding different combinations of nuts as well. Next time i’d like to try adding almonds or hazelnuts or something like that. The best recipes are the ones you can change up from time to time.
If you didn’t know already, this is yet another recipe from the cookbook “Joy of Cooking.” See our Pigs in Potatoes blog post for all the details. This is one of many recipes we will be reinventing from the book, and we hope you follow along with us. If you don’t have the book, grab your copy HERE, and find the recipe on page 788.
We hope you have enjoyed your time with us today, and stay tuned for more delicious recipes halloweenified! Tomorrow we have a fun recipe round up, not Halloween themed, but nonetheless awesome. Come back and check it out. Happy cooking friends!
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