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Peanut Brittle

Let the holiday baking begin! Yesterday I made some Peanut Brittle for the first time.  Around Christmas time I like to experiment and make at least several candies or cookies.  Growing up, my family never made this but I remember a colleague of my dad's did and I loved it.  Making candy can be challenging and most of the time you need to use a candy thermometer.  I found a recipe that doesn't require one and you make the peanut brittle in the microwave.  It's so easy that I'm planning on making more before the month's over. 

Below is the recipe I found on the blog, Plain Chicken.

Microwave Peanut Brittle

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 Tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup peanuts
1 tsp baking soda

Combine sugar and syrup in a microwave safe bowl (I use a glass bowl), stir. Microwave on high for 5 minutes. Add butter, vanilla and peanuts; stir. Microwave on high for 1 minute 30 seconds. Remove bowl from microwave and quickly stir in baking soda. Immediately pour mixture onto parchment paper or aluminum foil. Spread into a rectangle and let cool for 1 hour. Break into pieces and enjoy!


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