Delicious peanut brittle can't be beat for its crisp crunch, and peanutty flavor mingled with the sweetness of caramelized sugar. For other variations, try this sweet brittle confection with other types of nuts.
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 cups roasted salted peanuts
- Coat a baking sheet with oil; set aside.
- In a 3-quart heavy-bottomed saucepan over high heat, cook sugar, water and cream of tartar until mixture reaches a medium caramel color. Brush down the sides of the pan with a pastry brush dipped in warm water 2 times, to prevent the sugar from crystallizing. Add peanuts and stir with a wooden spoon to coat completely with caramel.
- Remove pan from heat and quickly pour mixture onto prepared baking sheet. Working quickly, spread mixture thinly with the back of a wooden spoon. Let peanut brittle cool completely (about 30 minutes), then break into pieces. Store in a tighlty covered container.
Makes about 2 dozen pieces.