Thursday, July 23, 2009

Vegan peanut brittle

At long last! I have finally located the long-sought-after vegan peanut brittle recipe that I can live with, i.e. that isn't too difficult and time-consuming.

This one takes 20 minutes, max. (YES!) Also, you can substitute pecans or walnuts for a change of pace...

Thanks ever much to The Urban Vegan.



* 1 1/2 cups sugar
* 1/2 cup light corn syrup
* Pinch of salt
* 2 1/2 cups peanuts [or other nuts]
* 1 t vanilla
* 1 t baking soda
* 1/4 cup water

Spray a 9" x 13" rimmed cookie sheet and a spatula with cooking spray. Fill a short glass with cold water and set it next to your stove top.

Mix sugar, corn syrup and salt in a saucepan with 1/4 cup water. Over medium heat, bring this mixture to a boil, stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves. Continue to boil, stirring constantly. Every few minutes, drip some of the boiling sugar mixture into the glass of water. Once it is the texture of taffy--not hard, but not watery (This is called the "soft ball" stage), toss in the peanuts. Continue to mix constantly so the nuts don't burn. Once this mixture turns a medium brown, turn heat to low. Stir in vanilla and baking soda. BE CAREFUL! Sometimes the mixture foams up, at this point.

Spread onto the greased cookie sheet using your oiled spatula. Work quickly. The layer should be about 1/3 to 1/2 inch thick.

Let this cool for about an hour, then break into pieces.


CrackerLilo said...

Oh, this looks good! I'm not vegan, but I think it's worth trying. I especially love the pecan idea. I am allergic to eggs, and so I miss pecan pie, and that may just fill a void. The link looks good, too!

A couple of young girls in my life, my best friend's daughter and my wife's best friend's daughter, have decided they want to be vegetarian. I don't try to sway anyone at all, ever, but they've certainly had enough meals and snacks at my house to know they don't have to be deprived. (One thinks avocado or portabella sandwiches are normal for watching NASCAR with and was surprised not to see them at the track the first time she went! ;-) It's amazing to see how you can touch a life. Bet they'll love this.

AileenWuornos said...

dude i love peanut butter so this sounds fucking delish!

Rhean said...

I'm using bites of this to top chocolate-peanut-butter cupcakes for a wedding next weekend. Thanks for the great recipe!