RECIPE: Peanut Brittle--Only two ingredients??

love2weedNovember 27, 2007

Last year around this time I requested a peanut brittle recipe that only used peanuts and sugar. This brittle has finely chopped nuts and it very thin. It was my ex-DIL's family recipe that she refused to give to me, but a couple of you posted some recipes that seemed to be it, but I can't seem to find it now. If my memory serves me it was some kind of European candy recipe. Maybe Slavic or Hungarian?

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readinglady

I'm not on Recipe Exchange very often, but I remember last year's discussion on Cooking.

Anyway, here's a clip of my post from last December. This recipe is on the internet, but I found the most helpful version with the clearest instructions in my old Farm Journal Candy cookbook. They describe it as an "heirloom recipe."

RE: Peanut Brittle Recipe--Sugar and Nuts only?? (Follow-Up #5)
posted by: readinglady on 12.29.2006 at 04:00 am in Cooking Forum

One factor in cloudy brittle is the nuts. If they're chopped on a cutting board rather than broken and then the chopped nuts are added to the brittle, the small dusty bits obscure the clarity. That's not the only cause, but it can be a factor.

Here's the recipe I was thinking of:
Slovakian Nut Candy
1 cup ground or finely chopped nuts
1 cup sugar

Put nuts through food chopper and measure before starting to melt sugar. Place sugar in a 10" heavy skillet and stir over medium heat until it melts and turns a light golden brown. Remove from heat at once.

Stir in nuts and pour onto buttered board. Roll with buttered rolling pin until very thin (17 1/2"x6"). Cut at once in strips 2" wide. Loosen strips from board with buttered spatula and cut with sharp knife on the diagonal to make diamonds. Makes 1/2 pound.

My note: If the nuts are gently warmed in the oven and then added to the candy, it slows the setting time and gives the cook a little more leeway in working with the sugar syrup.

Carol

    Bookmark   December 8, 2007 at 5:19PM
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love2weed

Thanks so much readinglady, that's exactly what I was looking for.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2007 at 10:25PM
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readinglady

I'm glad to help. If you do decide to make it, let us know how it turns out.

P.S. Some versions add a pinch of salt and a little vanilla.

Carol

    Bookmark   December 10, 2007 at 2:46AM
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