This recipe I have used since I was first married and owned my first microwave. That microwave was a huge beast of an appliance, taking up a heck of a lot of counter space. But it came with a most interesting cookbook. The most used recipe in that book I ever have used is the peanut brittle recipe. It is so much quicker and safer if you ask me using a microwave to make candy.
I have never actually cooked much for actual meals in a microwave beside baked potatoes and the odd time a vegetable dish when every burner on my stove top was being used. I use a microwave for popcorn, lots and lots of popcorn, defrosting and boiling water. Once a year, every year I make peanut brittle, some for gifts, some for my family.
Here is the recipe. The trick of this is the power of your microwave. I find that if you have a microwave that will properly cook a bag of popcorn with just the push of the popcorn button, then you should be good to go with the times of this recipe. If your microwave doesn’t do this, then you will need to adjust your time by a half a minute here or there. I had a microwave like that, but I managed to get the time of cooking it mastered so it would turn out just right.
First off: grease a cookie sheet before starting, set on pot holders in a safe location where no children or pets will be able to get at it. You will pour your cooked peanut brittle batter on it later. This will be very, very hot!
POWER LEVEL: HIGH
MICROWAVE TIME: 8-11 MINUTES TOTAL
1 glass oven/microwave proof bowl (this bowl get very hot)
Here we go:
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup white corn syrup
Stir these together and and microwave for 4 minutes.
Then add 1 cup of roasted salted peanuts
Stir and microwave for an additional 3 minutes.
That bowl is getting hot. Make sure you use oven mitts to handle it.
Now stir in 1 teaspoon of butter and 1 teaspoon of vanilla and microwave for 2 minutes.
Peanuts will be lightly browned and syrup very hot.
Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda and stir gently until foaming. Now pour onto your cookie sheet and spread it as best you can. Let sit about 1/2 to 1 hour. Break into pieces and store in air tight container. Enjoy! Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!
Written by: Debbie