I would have liked to get more done today but I did get enough done for at least a couple of posts so here is the first one (the others will follow in the next couple days). I started out late this morning to make peanut brittle. I haven't made it for a few years but wanted to have some to put in Christmas baskets this year.
Peanut brittle is one of the easier candies to make. It tends to come out right every time as long as you have a candy thermometer.
Here is the recipe:
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup water
16 oz. bag of raw peanuts (unroasted)
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. butter
2 tsp. baking soda
Butter two large baking sheets and set aside.
In a heavy saucepan combine sugar, corn syrup and water. Stir well.
Bring to boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat to medium. Continue to boil until your candy thermometer reaches 250 degrees F (about 20-30 minutes).Stir in peanuts and salt. Cook until mixture reaches 295 degrees F. Remove from heat. Quickly stir in butter and baking soda. Stir. (I had it ready in a bowl so I could just add it all at once. It will foam up.). Immediately pour mixture as evenly as possible over your buttered baking sheets.
Cool completely, break into pieces.