Peanut Brittle is one of those treats that manages to capture the perfect mix of sweet and salty. The sort of treat that will have you finishing a bag without realising it. And the best thing is that it is incredibly economical to produce en masse, and easy to create in large batches. Which, when you are wanting to make something for each and every one of your guests, comes in handy. You could present an individual package at each place setting, complete with hand-lettered names. Or alternatively, have a pile of prettily wrapped packages ready for guests to take as they leave your reception. However you decide to present them, you can be sure they will be well appreciated by your guests!
You Will Need:
20cm x 30cm baking tray
10g butter, softened
2 Cups Caster Sugar
1/2 cup water
1 and 1/2 cups salted peanuts
6 x Cellophane bags
6 x Floral or patterned paper bags
Step One. Prepare the baking paper by rubbing a thin layer of butter. Arrange baking paper in tray and set aside.
Step Two. Place sugar and water into saucepan and stir to combine before placing over high heat. Without stirring, cook for approximately 3 minutes until the sugar is dissolved.
Step Three. Continuing on high heat, boil until the mixture turns amber – approximately 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in peanuts.
Step Four. Pour mixture out into prepared tray. Smooth out with a spatula or the back of a dessert spoon. Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt over the brittle. Allow to set for approximately 30 minutes.
Step Five. Using the back of a large knife, break the brittle into pieces. Place 4-5 pieces into a cellophane bag then place this bag into a paper bag of your choice. Tie with a ribbon.
Recipe and images by Jessica Derrick.
Ms Zigzag says: Apart from the delicious sweet and salty flavour and crunchy, sugary texture, the best part about this recipe is you can make it in bulk, then snap it into individual, bite-size pieces.
About Jessica Derrick: I’m a writer and a lover of words and stories, pretty papers and flowers. I find great satisfaction in creating something beautiful from the simplest of materials. I’m happiest in a home bustling with conversation and music, sitting at a beautifully decorated table surrounded by good friends and delicious food – with a glass of champagne in hand, of course!