I have found that cooking peanut brittle on the stove top can sometimes be a bit finicky and you can end up scorching your sugar if you are not careful. Making them in the microwave is much easier and doesn't seem to scorch.
I know it's Christmas week now, and if you haven't already made peanut brittle this recipe is simple enough that you can make up a batch and impress everyone with some homemade peanut brittle.
Microwave Peanut Brittle
1 C white sugar
1/2 C corn syrup
1 1/2 C peanuts
1 T butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
- Heat sugar and corn syrup in a microwave safe glass bowl for 3 minutes. Take out and stir together. Return to microwave and heat for 2 minutes more. Stir agaun.
- Stir in peanuts and return to microwave.
- Cook sugar mixture and peanuts for 3-5 minutes until mixture is golden brown in color.
- Stir in butter and vanilla and return to the microwave.
- Cook for 1 minute longer.
- Remove from microwave and stir in baking soda (it will start to "foam" and get lighter in color.)
- Quickly pour on to a baking sheet lined with an iKuuk silicone baking mat.
- Allow to cool completely.
- Break apart in to desired sized pieces.
My Thoughts in the iKuuk Silicone Baking Mat
I love using the iKuuk Silicone Baking Mat. Usually I use a silicone mat whenever I am baking something on a baking sheet in the oven, but it also works great for making candy like peanut brittle or truffles that need to cool and set on something. Using a silicone mat under candies works fantastic and clean up is a breeze. Just take a wet dishcloth and wipe off. It saves me from having to buy wax paper, which is what I used to use under my candies. It also means I need less non-stick cooking spray when I am baking something in the oven using a silicone mat because it is non-stick without any spray.
Product Description from iKuuk
- Fits standard (13"x18")half sheet pan. Actual size is 11 3/4" x 16 1/2", with trimmed corners, to fit perfectly without lifting or gaps.
- Highest Food Grade silicone reinforced with fiberglass mesh for durability.
- Place your iKuuK mat on your baking sheet, then place your food or project on top of the silicone mat, then bake or freeze.
- Eliminates need for oils, butter & cooking sprays.
- Great for delicate or messy projects, such as sugar art and craft clay work.
- Perfect for candy making, gluing, and BHO processing. No waste!
- Acts to even out heat so products cook more uniformly. Do not use directly on stove tops or other heating elements, such as broilers or electric oven elements.