1/15/11

spicy peanut brittle

Ok so peanut brittle, where are the photos of that? What is this brownie crap? I know. There are none. These are all I have. And normally I would NOT want to share this recipe with you because of the lack of photos, BUT (are you listening?) BUT I had to because the spicy peanut brittle was so good, so very good. The sweet & spicy melded perfectly AND the fact that the vultures in my house ate it all in 5 hours. And these 2 -3 little pieces you see here are all that I had left when I finally realized "oh no! I forgot to take the photos before the vultures set in and ate all the brittle!". So while a photo of 3 pieces of spicy peanut brittle all alone on a plate would look like crap no matter how perfectly I positioned them; I decided to dress it up a bit with fresh whipped cream and brownies.
Peanut brittle is really a great way to dress up any dessert. So keep that in mind when you want to add a little "something something" to your next dessert. You feeling me? :-)


spicy peanut brittle
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room temp butter for greasing up the silpat & spatula (or nonstick spray)
1 cup white sugar
¼ cup water
Pinch of salt
¾ cup dry roasted salted peanuts
Pinch or 2 cayenne pepper (depending on your preference), optional

Spray a silpat sheet as well as the spatula. Place the silpat into jellyroll pan, set aside.
In a medium saucepan over high heat, combine sugar, water and salt.
Cook for 3 minutes without stirring.
Once sugar has begun to melt and turn light golden color (maybe 4- 6 minutes). At this point let is cook but now stir with spatula every once in a while. Do this for another 8 – 10 minutes or if you go by color then when you know its done is by its golden amber color, not dark but golden. Golden amber is the color we want. Take off heat, stir in the peanuts then add in your pinch or two of cayenne pepper.
Now you have to work very fast. Pour this immediately over the greased silpat, and using your spatula spread out the brittle, not too thin, not too thick. Now leave it alone for at least an hour if not more to let it harden.

Notes: almonds, walnut, pecans, pistachios would work great too

25 comments:

  1. I hate when I make an awesome recipe and don't get great pictures of it. But this sounds so tasty. I love a little kick in my sweets

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  2. Kathleen Fontaine1/15/11, 7:17 PM

    ....Still waiting to see the phone number posted for where I call for delivery?! :) Dang but that brittle looks delish!

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  3. Yup. Totally feeling you. This is a great idea to add a little something special to a dessert. And, I was thinking about making brownies for a dessert next weekend. I'm definitely going to try this. Great pix!

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  4. Ohh the spice in this peanut brittle sounds intriguing! Yum!

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  5. Hey, these few pics definitely show me something good. I'm expecting a big package in the mail full of goodies from you any day now.

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  6. I've had peanut brittle but I don't think I've had a spicy one!

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  7. oh i'm feeling you!!! i actually had something quite similar at my aunt's this year... completely forget what kind of nuts, but i'm making your version next year :)

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  8. As a kid we always received a box of peanet briitel and a chocolate filled easter egg from my dad. I am sure this homemead version would be so much better and with the added kick of cayenne..off the charts.

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  9. Even if it wasn't how you intended it, the peanut brittle looks terrific with the brownie and whipped cream! I bet it would make a delicious ice cream topping, too:-)

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  10. Love this. What a great idea to add some spice to it.

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  11. I could never get angry at someone showing me a picture of a brownie. It's like I get to live vicariously through the screen. Sigh. Moan.

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  12. This sounds so great. I love peanut brittle. I'll have to try this.

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  13. Oh that is right up our alley with the sweet & spicy & salty!

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  14. Ooooh, very nice! I love it on top of the brownie, too--nice idea. :)

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  15. I have a peanut brittle recipe that I have been making for years that you do in the microwave! It turns out super well, but I'm totally adding some cayenne next time. Brittle is SO sweet, I'm sure a little spice would be perfect. I'll take one of those brownies please!

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  16. Interesting. While out at a field camp I had some brittle that also contained pumpkin seeds and pine nuts, that was just divine. I'm betting it would be equally as good in a spicy style....

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  17. clever and attractive garnish, dawn, although i need no brownie. very nice. i love the cayenne especially. :)

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  18. This looks playfully delicious.

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  19. Dawn! This is what dreams are made of. Just stab that slab through a scoop of ice cream, and it's a party.

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  20. I love brittle. It's quite common here, with every kind of nut possible. This looks gorgeous, I'm craving some. Damn you braces :(

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  21. I love brittle. It's quite common here, with every kind of nut possible. This looks gorgeous, I'm craving some. Damn you braces :(

    The pictures look intentionally styled ;)

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  22. Can you substitute teh cyanne pepper with just regular pepper, or tabasco sauce mix? How hot do you need the stove to get? I am going to try this this chopped walnuts...

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  23. thanks for sharing.

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