Following her recipe to the letter, I've made batch after batch of perfect peanut brittle. I thought. However, when I bit into a piece of brittle from her most recent batch, I realized there is more to be learned. There is an ever-so-slight burnt sugar taste to her brittle that is missing from mine.
"I did it exactly to 310 degrees. Just like you said," I protested.
"Maybe I go to 315," she smiled.
I confess to being a bit of a slave to recipes. If it works, don't mess with it. That's my theory. But most cooks adapt. My husband professes that my peanut brittle is good, but that burnt sugar taste is even better. I'll be back at the stove trying again for peanut brittle perfection. And walking that tight line between what I know works and the experimentation that could make it even better.
Kathy's Peanut Brittle
- 1 cup white syrup
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- Add 2 sticks of the cheapest margarine you can buy. Stir until blended.
- Add 12 ounces raw peanuts. Stir until temperature reaches 310 degrees.
- Add 1 tsp baking soda. Stir in very quickly.