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Video:Peanut Brittle

with Keith Dunlop

Satisfy your sweet tooth with a batch of yummy peanut brittle. This crunchy candy uses just a handful of ingredients and is a cinch to make.See Transcript

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Transcript:Peanut Brittle

Hi, I'm Keith Dunlop for About.com Food. Today I am going to show you how to make peanut brittle, a classic all-American treat for your family.

Peanut Brittle Ingredients

To make peanut brittle you'll need:
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 stick butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • parchment paper
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
In addition to the handful of ingredients you'll need to make peanut brittle, you'll also need one specialized piece of equipment - a candy thermometer.

Combine Some of the Peanut Brittle Ingredients

First combine the sugar and water in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Stir the mixture until the sugar dissolves in the water, about five minutes.

Next, add the corn syrup and salt, and keep heating until it starts to boil.

Monitor the Temperature of the Mixture

At this point, you'll want to add your candy thermometer, and while continuously stirring, monitor the temperature of the mixture.

Don't let the tip of the thermometer touch the bottom of the pan, since that's hotter than the mixture.

Add the Peanuts and Other Ingredients

When the sauce gets to between 225 and 230 degrees Fahrenheit, add the peanuts and keep on stirring.

Keep heating, and when the temperature gets to 290 degrees, remove it from the heat.

Add your remaining ingredients - the butter, baking soda, and peanut butter - and stir until the butter is melted.

Let the Peanut Brittle Cool

From here it's really simple: pour the mixture onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet and spread it around with a spatula. Once it cools, you've got peanut brittle. Now that's great brittle.

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