Peanut Brittle Day and A Nigerian Policeman Peanut Farmer
I bet you didn’t know it was National Peanut Brittle Day today did you? Neither did I. I am not sure how I missed this one before. Especially since I have the easiest recipe ever for making the crunchy and buttery candy. No thermometer is even needed.
But first, a story. My husband recently left us to attend the FBI National Academy. It is a 11 week intensive classroom and physical training for police officers in Quantico, VA and only 1% of the Nation’s law enforcement are chosen to attend.
While my better half was there, he made quite a few lifetime friendships. There were over 200 students for this session. About 20 of them were international. Lewal was one of those international students He was placed with my husband and they were roommates for their stay. Lewal is not only a police officer, he is also a peanut and rice farmer and would share his luggage full of peanuts in a water bottle with everyone. As a matter of fact, when I flew out for the graduation, and we met for the first time, he had to give me something. You guessed it.
As little crazy I am about the little dirt legumes, I can always crunch on some brittle or eat peanut butter. So, I used one of the bottles today to prepare for the celebration.
Here is a fun fact before sharing my tips and recipe.
-There are parts of the Middle East where brittle is made with pistachios (yum).
Tip: lightly spray the pan before getting starting with a non-stick spray of your choice. This keeps the candy from sticking. I also spray my measuring cup before pouring my corn syrup into it. It will just pour out like water.
- 1 cup raw peanuts
- 1 cup of white sugar
- 1/2 cup of corn syrup
- 1/8 tsp of fine salt
- 1/2 tbsp of butter
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- 1 tsp of baking soda
- Place the peanuts, sugar, corn syrup and salt in a large (8 cup or larger) microwave safe glass measuring cup.
- Microwave for 4 minutes.
- Reset and run microwave for 3 minutes.
- Take out and place butter, extract, and baking soda.
- As you stir, it will become foamy. Stir in all ingredients well and the pour out onto your sprayed (see notes) baking pan and spread out by tilting pan.
- Sprinkle lightly with coarse sea salt.
- Allow to cool for about 30 minutes.
- Once cooled, pick up and break into desired size.
- Can be stored in a large plastic storage bag or container.
- Tip: lightly spray the pan before getting starting with a non-stick spray of your choice. This keeps the candy from sticking. I also spray my measuring cup before pouring my corn syrup into it. It will just pour out like water.