Do you give baked goodies as gifts around the holidays? I think I did once and I really enjoyed it but in recent years I just haven’t felt as confident in my baking abilities and have been too scared to give anything away. I always feel like people are telling me they like something just so they don’t hurt my feelings!
I wanted to make some peanut brittle just because I hate making candy and needed to see if I could actually make it. Amazingly, it was super simple and took less than an hour to make! Peanut brittle is one of my favorite holiday treats so it’s pretty exciting that I know I can make it now.
If you have a candy thermometer, you can totally make this. Don’t be scared like I was!
- Butter 2 large baking sheets; set aside.
- Butter sides of a heavy 3-quart saucepan. In pan combine sugar, corn syrup, water, and butter. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until mixture boils. Clip a candy thermometer to side of pan. Reduce heat to medium-low; continue boiling at a moderate, steady rate, stirring occasionally, until the thermometer registers 275F, soft-crack stage (about 30 minutes). Stir in nuts; continue cooking over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until thermometer registers 295F, hard crack stage (15 to 20 minutes more).
- Remove pan from heat; remove thermometer.
- Quickly sprinkle baking soda over mixture, stirring constantly. Immediately pour onto prepared baking sheets. Use 2 forks to lift and pull candy as it cools. Cool completely; break into pieces. Store tightly covered up to 1 month.