It is Christmas Eve. I can hardly believe that it has already arrived. The month between Thanksgiving and Christmas flew by.
I am going home for Christmas, but I am leaving and arriving late. My flight leaves six tonight. I hope my flight goes well, or else I'll end up arriving very early Christmas day.
I made this candy to give to some friends for Christmas. Last year I made peppermint fudge, cookie dough truffles, and English toffee. It seems like I saw a little more ambitious last year. For other occasions, I have also made honey candy, peanut butter cup fudge, and candied almonds.
In the near future, I hope to make orange chocolate fudge and caramel. If I'm really ambitious, I'll cover the caramel in chocolate.
I found this peanut brittle recipe on allrecipes.com. It requires a handy dandy candy thermometer. I made it as directed, and it was completed in a flash.
The ingredients are 1 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup light corn syrup, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 cup water, 1 cup peanuts, 2 tablespoons butter, and 1 teaspoon baking soda. It's a small list of ingredients.
I added the sugar, corn syrup, salt and water into a pot. I continued stirring the mixture over medium high heat until the sugar had dissolved.
I added the peanuts once the sugar had dissolved. I continued simmering and occasionally stirring the peanut mixture until a candy thermometer had reached 300 degrees.
I removed the pot from the heat once the mixture reached 300 degrees. I added the butter and baking soda. I stirred until all the ingredients were all incorporated.
I poured the sugar lava over a greased baking mat. I spread the sugar thinly with a spoon.
I let the brittle cool completely.
After it had cooled, I broke the brittle into manageable shards.
This was a slightly addictive treat. It was crisp, caramelized, and buttery.
It had a touch of salt. The nuts were crunchy and roasted.
I only intended to eat a small bit but could stop myself from eating a "few" pieces.
The candy had a developed toffee flavor. It was scrumptious and toothsome. It made a wonderful Christmas treat.