I didn't have any corn syrup on hand, but I found an awesome recipe for peanut brittle without corn syrup, and I didn't even need to dig out my candy thermometer! Score.
Dipped in bittersweet chocolate or put in a Christmas tin, it makes a good last minute gift for just about anyone.
Peanut Brittle, Sans Corn Syrup
(Recipe from Average Betty)
- 3 cups peanuts (or any nut you'd like!)
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tbs butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
First, prepare your cookie sheet. I used a cookie sheet covered in tin foil, sprayed liberally with no-stick cooking oil. A silpat would also work.
In a large pot over high heat, melt the sugar into the water, stirring constantly. Once sugar is dissolved, let alone for ten minutes. Stirring occasionally, watch the liquid like a friggin HAWK and as soon as it turns a light amber color, REMOVE FROM HEAT.
Immediately stir in salt, butter, vanilla, and baking soda. Step back! It WILL foam violently. Quickly fold in nuts and turn out onto your cookie sheet with a silicone spatula. Spread evenly and press down with spatula.
Let dry, about 20 minutes, and break apart with mallet or hands. Store in an airtight container.