Peanut Brittle A La Microwave

I admit it, I was one of those cooks who has turned up my nose to recipes that were made in the microwave aways snubbing any of “those” recipes because, “how in the world can anything made in the microwave” be as good as down home cooking in the ole oven. BUT….I am today posting my SECOND recipe that was made or, as my kids call it, “nuked”. Not only do I feel so hip, because it was so easy and quick, I have now time to sit and post it on the blog, then with the time left over from that, sit and read through cookbooks.

Yesterday, I found this recipe from a cookbook from the 80’s (yes, they did have microwaves back then) and because it only had a few ingredients, I figured that if it didn’t turn out, all I had wasted was 1 cup peanuts and a little sugar, so off I go to the kitchen and wa-la……..really good Peanut Brittle. Recipe could not be easier.

Microwave 1 cup sugar with 1/2 cup white corn syrup (after stirring together) in a glass bowl for 3 minutes.

Stir in 1 cup peanuts as soon as you take mixture from microwave and then microwave 3-4 min (depending on your microwave) or until light brown.

Add 1/2 tables butter and 1 teas vanilla, stir and microwave for 1-2 min more. Peanuts will be lightly browned and syrup very hot.  (If peanuts are raw, it may take longer to cook, so best to use unsalted, cooked peanuts)

Add 1 teas baking “soda” to mixture and stir quickly until light and foamy. Quickly pour mixture onto lightly greased cookie sheet that has sides to it. Let cool for 1 hour and then break up into pieces

NOTE: Cooking times will vary according to different microwaves. Watch carefully and add time in 30 sec intervals.

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