Monday, December 8, 2008

Peanut brittle

3/4 c water
1 c. white karo
2 c. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cube butter or margarine
1 3/4 tsp. soda
1 Tbsp. vanilla (prefer Mexican)
2 to 2 1/2 c RAW peanuts

Before starting mixture put soda in a small dish, salt in another, the vanilla in another and get butter cut. Butter 2 cookies sheets. Use heavy pan place sugar, water and syrup in it and cook over high hear. When the syrup starts to thicken (soft ball stage) add peanuts. Stir constantly!! Watch for the peanuts to turn to a pale beige and syrup to change from crystal to pale yellow or straw color. Remove immediately from heat. Stir in vanilla, salt, and butter. Then add soda and stir 10 strokes or until it foams. Pour onto the cookie sheets. In about 2 min. the edges will stiffen and you must go around the edges and pull the candy to make it thin. You may want to half the recipe till you get expert at the pulling. Good Luck!

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