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Great gifts for giving
The perfect addition to any gift basket
Great idea for the holidays or any special occasion
~ Peanut Brittle ~
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup water
3 T butter or margarine, at room temperature
1 1/2 cup shelled raw peanuts
coarsely chopped raw cashews
2 t vanilla
1 t baking soda
Butter a large baking sheet; set aside. In a large heavy
saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, water, and butter.
Bring to a boil over moderately high heat, stirring constantly
with a wooden spoon to dissolve sugar. (Avoid splashing mixture
on to side of the pan.) Boil for 3 minutes. If using a candy
thermometer, carefully clip to the side of the pan, making
sure the bulb is immersed but not touching the bottom of pan.
Cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, to 240F on
candy thermometer, soft-ball stage; 10 to 12 minutes. (Or,
use this cold water test. Using a spoon, drop small amount
of hot mixture into very cold, but not icy water. Dip your
fingers into water and form mixture into a ball. Remove
ball from water; it should immediately flatten and run
between your fingers.) Stir in peanuts. Cook over moderate
heat, stirring constantly, to 300F on candy thermometer,
hard-crack stage; 10 to 15 minutes. (Using a spoon, drop
a small amount of hot mixture into very cold, but not icy,
water. It should separate into hard, brittle threads that
snap easily.) Watch carefully so mixture does not burn.
Remove the pan from heat; remove the thermometer from
the saucepan. Immediately stir vanilla and baking soda
into hot mixture, stirring constantly until light and foamy.
Quickly pour and spread mixture onto prepared baking sheet
With 2 forks, lift and pull candy into 14 x 12-inch rectangle.
Pull gently to avoid tearing. Cool completely on wire rack.
Break candy into pieces. To store, cover tightly.
For gift giving package candy in a holiday tin.
Decorate tin with country graphics. Embellish
with a homespun-fabric bow.
Add gift tag.
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