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Peanut Brittle with Art and Soul

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Recipe

This title isn’t a boast, but a name to denote provenance. It’s a recipe given to me, at my greedy request, by the cook-and-a-half, Art Smith. True, I’ve slightly simplified it, but only because I don’t have his deserved confidence, so I make my batch smaller, and leave out the difficult technical bits.

But even so, what this makes is fabulous: you really have to steel yourself to give it away.

Yield: Makes approx. 10 oz.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup salted peanuts
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon soft butter
  • 1¼ teaspoons baking soda

Directions

1. Get out a large sheet of parchment paper or aluminum foil, place on a cookie sheet, and butter or oil it. Sit it by the stove, waiting to receive the brittle once it’s ready to pour.

2. Put the sugar, water and syrup into a saucepan, bring to the boil gently, then turn up the heat and let it boil for 8-10 minutes, swirling (but not stirring) the pan a couple of times, until the syrup has turned gold in color. It will be smoking by then, so be warned!

3. Take the pan off the heat and, with a wooden spoon, stir in the nuts, followed by the vanilla, butter and baking soda. You will have a golden, frothy, hot and gooey mixture.

4. Pour this briskly onto the waiting parchment or foil, using your wooden spoon to coax and pull it to make a nut-studded sheet, puddle-shaped though it may be, rather than a heap.

5. Leave it to cool, then break into pieces and store in at airtight container or box; or bag up to give at once as presents. You’ll get about 1 pound in total, and it’s up to you how much you want to put in each bag, really. I find it easier to do several small batches like this, rather than multiplying quantities as I cook.

Notes

MAKE AHEAD TIP:

Make the brittle up to 1 week before eating or giving. Store in airtight bags or containers in a dry, non-humid environment. Once opened, eat within 7 to 10 days.


© 2008, 2009 Nigella Lawson
 

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

Nutritional information is based on 10 servings.

202kcal (10%)
13mg (1%)
0mg (0%)
10mcg RAE (0%)
82mg
19mg
3g
25g
1g
35g
3mg (1%)
171mg (7%)
2g (8%)
7g (10%)
1mg (3%)
 

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