A touch of hot pepper sauce gives a unique zip to this crunchy confection from Janie Sanders of Vicksburg, Mississippi. "We call it blistering brittle," she says. The mixture reaches hard-crack stage in the microwave, so you don't even need a candy thermometer for this brittle.
- 1-1/4 cups salted dry roasted peanuts
- 1-1/2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1 teaspoon butter
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Coat a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pan and metal spatula with cooking spray; set aside. In a large bowl, toss the peanuts, hot pepper sauce and allspice until evenly coated; set aside.
- In a 2-qt. microwave-safe glass bowl, combine sugar and corn syrup. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 3 minutes; stir. Add peanut mixture; stir until blended.
- Heat on high 3-4 minutes longer or until mixture turns a light amber color (mixture will be very hot). Stir in butter. Microwave 30 seconds longer. Quickly stir in baking soda and vanilla until mixture foams and becomes light-colored.
- Immediately pour mixture onto prepared pan and spread as thin as possible with prepared spatula. Cool. Bread into pieces. Yield: about 1 pound.
Originally published as Peppery Peanut Brittle in Quick Cooking November/December 2003, p61
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