Cooking Classics: Microwave Peanut Brittle

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The Technique

Microwave Peanut Brittle

Unlike Pumpkin Spice Peanut Brittle & Bourbon-Pecan Brittle, this simple confection is prepared in the microwave making it extremely quick to assemble & cook. A glass bowl that is safe to use in the microwave will be necessary to complete the task & it will get extremely hot during the process so be careful & use oven mitts to transfer it as necessary. Once cooked & the Microwave Peanut Brittle has cooled, break it into pieces. This version is much airier in texture than the stove top counterparts. Learn how to make this delicious confection that’s ideal for sharing with friends by following my detailed tutorial & be certain to look to The Essential Guide To Making Homemade Candy for additional pointers before getting started. 

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makes about 1 lb

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 cup salted, dry roasted peanuts
1 Tbsp butter
1 tsp baking soda

Lightly grease the bottom & the sides of a half sheet pan. Stir together the sugar & the corn syrup in a large glass bowl. The mixture will be very thick. Try not to get any of the sugar granules too high on the bowl sides. If you do, wipe it away with a damp paper towel before cooking. Microwave the mixture on HIGH power 4 minutes. The bowl will be hot. Carefully stir in the peanuts. Microwave an additional 3 1/2 minutes. The bowl will be hot. Carefully stir in the butter. It will sizzle & melt quickly. Microwave an additional 1 minute & 15 seconds. The bowl will be hot. Carefully stir in the baking soda. It will bubble vigorously. The sugar mixture is very hot & will continue to cook a smidgen. Quickly pour the mixture onto the lightly greased half sheet pan spreading into an even layer. Cool 2 hours. Break the candy into pieces by tapping lightly with a meat mallet or use a chef knife to cut through it in a straight, downward motion.

The Note

For testing purposes only, I used a 1200 watt General Electric Microwave Oven Model Number JES2051DN2WW. Microwave oven wattages vary. Cook times may differ slightly based on the make & model you use. Adjust accordingly for safe & accurate results.

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Microwave Peanut Brittle is about as simple as it gets when it comes to making homemade candy from scratch. No thermometer is needed & in less than 10 minutes, the mixture is ready to be poured out onto a lightly greased half sheet pan. 

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A few key pieces of equipment will be needed in order to complete the task. Read through the recipe instructions before beginning. Here’s what you should know.

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The Sugar & The Corn Syrup

Lightly grease the bottom & the sides of a half sheet pan. Stir together the sugar & the corn syrup in a large glass bowl. The mixture will be very thick. Try not to get any of the sugar granules too high on the bowl sides. If you do, wipe it away with a damp paper towel before cooking.  

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The First Cooking Stage

Microwave the mixture on HIGH power 4 minutes. The bowl will be hot & the sugar blend bubbly. Remove the glass bowl from the microwave using oven mitts.

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The Peanut Addition

Pour the peanuts into the bowl over the hot sugar mixture. 

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The Second Cooking Stage

Carefully stir the mixture using a rubber spatula. Return the glass bowl to the microwave using oven mitts & cook an additional 3 1/2 minutes on High power. The bowl will be hot. 

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The Third Cooking Stage

Remove the glass bowl using oven mitts. Add the butter. 

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Carefully stir in the butter. It will sizzle & melt quickly. Return the bowl to the microwave & cook an additional 1 minute & 15 seconds. The bowl will be hot. 

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The Final Stirring

Remove the bowl from the microwave using oven mitts. Add the baking soda to the mixture in the bowl. Carefully stir it into the mixture using a rubber spatula. It will bubble vigorously. The sugar mixture is very hot & will continue to cook a smidgen. 

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The Pouring & The Cooling

The baking soda will turn the mixture to a more cloudy appearance & its’ purpose is to add holes throughout to make the candy easier to eat. Quickly pour the mixture onto the lightly greased half sheet pan spreading into an even layer. The pan will be hot. Cool 2 hours. Break the candy into pieces by tapping lightly with a meat mallet or use a chef knife to cut through it in a straight, downward motion.

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The Clean Up

Candy making is sticky business. The glass bowl the peanut brittle was prepared in will be very hot. Let stand 15 minutes at room temperature. Fill a 3 1/2 quart saucepan with water & place it on the stove eye over High heat. Bring it to a boil. Place the glass bowl that was used to prepare the peanut brittle into the sink. Pour the boiling water into the bowl over the cooked sugar mixture to loosen. Rinse under hot water until all of the residue is gone.

The Tune
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