About National Peanut Brittle Day
Peanut brittle is a type of confection that is made with peanuts and a sugary syrup that is cooked until it becomes hard and brittle. It is a popular treat in many parts of the world and is often enjoyed as a sweet snack or given as a gift.
The origin of peanut brittle is not entirely clear, but it is believed to have originated in the United States. The first recorded recipe for peanut brittle appeared in a cookbook published in Georgia in the late 19th century. Peanut brittle became increasingly popular in the United States in the early 20th century, and it is now enjoyed around the world. It is typically made with peanuts, sugar, corn syrup, and butter, and it can be flavored with a variety of ingredients, such as vanilla, chocolate, or other nuts.
Peanut Brittle Recipe
-1 cup unsalted peanuts
-1 cup sugar
-1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
-3/4 teaspoon salt
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
-1/4 cup cornstarch
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a baking sheet.
2. Spread the peanuts in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Remove from oven and set aside to cool. [Note: You can also toast the peanuts in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly, for about 5 minutes, or until lightly browned.]
3. In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, butter, salt and vanilla extract. Spread the mixture over the cooled peanuts and sprinkle with flour and cornstarch. Using your hands, combine well until everything is coated.
4. Place pan on baking sheet and press down firmly with your hands. Bake for 20 minutes, or until brittle is light golden brown and sets when lightly touched. Cool completely on baking sheet before serving.