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Peppery Peanut Brittle Recipe

Peppery Peanut Brittle Recipe

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.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 10 min. + cooling YIELD:16 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. Immediately pour mixture onto prepared pan and spread as thin as possible with prepared spatula. Cool. Bread into pieces. Yield: about 1 pound.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 ounce) equals 146 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 1 mg cholesterol, 227 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.