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It’s Crunchy. It’s Sweet. It’s Spicy.

Spicy BrittleThis is a recipe that my mom tore out of a magazine and sent to me. I love getting mail from her. It usually consists of articles about childhood development, healthy lifestyles, and the occasional recipe. This time it was Spicy Brittle. What? It sounded so odd. But it looked delicious. At the top she wrote, “If you need to bring treats – try this. Inexpensive.” Once again, mom was right…it’s a winner. It is inexpensive, delicious, and unexpected. This recipe came just as I was trying to figure out what to bring out west as we visit family. This treat travels well and can be made enough in advance to be convenient.

I doubled the recipe, but beware, it is heavy! And trying to hold a 5-pound stockpot (yes I weighed it, so what?), while pouring out a viscous glob of scalding goodness is not easy. Oh, and did I mention that it cools quickly. I highly recommend recruiting another, preferably someone with muscles, to help pour it out while you spread it flat or you’ll have a big clump of brittle, better for a paperweight than a treat.

Spicy Brittle from Sugar Baby, by Gesine Bullock-Prado

Ingredients

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp baking soda
3 cups salted dry-roasted peanuts

Directions

1. Spray a large sheet pan (I used a 13×9″ metal pan) with nonstick baking spray. In a large, heavy stockpot over medium heat, combine the sugar, syrup, butter, salt and cayenne pepper. Stir until the sugar dissolves.

2. Clip a candy thermometer on the side fo the pot and boil mixture without stirring until the temperature reaches 300 degrees.

3. Immediately remove from the pot from the heat. Sprinkle baking soda over the syrup and stir. The contents will bubble vigorously. Stir in the peanuts.

4. Quickly pour mixture evenly onto prepared sheet pan. Use a small spatula (sprayed with nonstick spray) to spread the brittle in the pan while it is still warm.

5. Cool completely and break into pieces. Store in an air tight container.

© Dorene Krausnick and KrausnicKitchen 2011-2012. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material (text and images) without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Dorene Krausnick and KrausnicKitchen with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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2 Responses to “It’s Crunchy. It’s Sweet. It’s Spicy.”
  1. Another one I’ll have to try!

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