Back in the 70's when microwaves were becoming the next popular phenomenon in the kitchen, my mom began taking microwave cooking classes to learn what foods she can prepare and make in this new machine for the family. And the yummy recipe she took away from this class that she still uses today is Peanut Brittle! This method is so much easier and faster than making on the stove and it tastes just as good, maybe even better. This homemade candy makes perfect Holiday gifts for your friends and family!
What you'll need:
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup white Karo syrup
1 cup dry roasted lightly salted peanuts
1 tbsp. butter/margarine
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. baking soda
Foil covered baking sheet
These steps require you to be quick on your feet so the ingredients don't settle and harden... help yourself be prepared by getting all your ingredients measured out and ready before you start.
In a 2 qt. mixing bowl, mix the sugar and syrup together. Place in the microwave for 3 mins. on high. Remove from the microwave and add the nuts and stir. Put it back into the microwave for another 3 mins. on high. Remove from the microwave and add the butter and vanilla and stir. Place back into the microwave one more time for 1 1/2 mins. on high. Remove and add the baking soda and stir quickly until light and foamy (about 15 sec.). Pour at once onto a foil covered baking sheet and spread evenly into a thin layer. Let cool for about 20 mins. until hard and break into small pieces. Store in a closed container.