Friday, September 23, 2011

Maida Heatter's " The Georgia Pig Peanut Brittle"


Okay. So, please listen to me when I tell you, this recipe is extremely dangerous to make at home! Extremely dangerous!  Are you thinking I'm referring to the high temperature of melted sugar you need to achieve to make this delicious candy?  Well, that's not what's dangerous about this recipe in my book. Well, of course, you need to be very careful when preparing this recipe cuz 300 degree sugar hurts like H-E-double hockey sticks if it comes into contact with human skin, but come on, I know you know that! DUH!!! What I found to be really dangerous about making this is my kitchen is the insane deliciousness of this fabulous candy and the sheer amount my hubby and I shovelled in our mouths. Restraint? Not with this stuff. Are we gluttons or perhaps Pigs as the name of the recipe mentions? Well, with this stuff hanging around, yeah, we absolutely were.  Diabetic comma? It was close, but we just barely managed to avoid it!  Dang this is GOOD stuff.

What differentiates this recipe from your run of the mill peanut brittle is that it's tender and crunchy at the same time and has an airy, honeycomb interior. This is created by the addition and quick incorporation of baking soda. So the technique in this recipe is really important to follow. A candy thermometer is an absolute must. At the end of the recipe you have to work very quickly so make sure you prepare this during a time when you can give it your undivided attention. I suggest you read through the recipe in it's entirety a few time.

This incredibly delicious peanut brittle is going into my must make for Christmas repertoire.

This recipe is at my new site. Hope to see you there :) I've posted a lot of new things.

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28 comments:

  1. I have this recipe and got it from my grandmother. This is how she always made peanut brittle. It was years before I realized people made it any other way. You are absolutely right. This is by far the best peanut brittle in the world. Try it with hazelnuts too. Super!

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  2. This looks like such a sun recipe...I'll have to give it a try! Good choice!

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  3. This post should come with warning lights and sirens!

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  4. Looks like a lot of fun, and great to have around for the holidays. I especially like that it's not the 'tooth cracking' kind of brittle. I can't wait to try it.

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  5. I'm so glad you made this, Kathleen. I am not much of a candy maker and I've always wanted to try this recipe! Peanut brittle was my dad's favorite.
    Good job!

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  6. Love the name of this brittle - so fun! Looks really good, but I'm afraid to make it...I might eat it all!

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  7. These are pretty big in the south, as every gas station that i stopped i sold something like this. Richard

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  8. Not only does this look delicious, but I just love the name. What a fun treat!

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  9. If the talk is that good, then I'll have to try it. I will save a Saturday for undivided attention like you said for this one.

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  10. I would have to agree with you on how dangerous this would be to someone with me with little self control in the sweets department. I'm just might have to take my chances because this looks so good.
    -Gina-

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  11. Peanut Brittle has always been my dad favourite!!!!!!!!!! We should try this recipe!!

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  12. I love your description and especially the airy, tender middles! I can see how it would turn just about anyone into a pig hee hee. I'm putting this on my list for Xmas too!

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  13. This is my Mamaw's method for peanut brittle and the only way I've ever made it. Love it!

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  14. Just mouthwatering...looks so easy to prepare and delicious.

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  15. truly irresistable...awesome presentation..:)
    Tasty Appetite

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  16. it looks so great! Perfect sweet crunch just in time for the cooler weather! I love this version as mine is a little different. Looking forward to trying it out

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  17. it's look yummy smh!

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  18. Oh my!! this looks super delicious!! I have to make some, SOON! Thanks :)

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  19. Looks perfect for our holiday gift baskets--will definitely add to the treat list.

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  20. Leave it to Maida...looks like the perfect peanut brittle! Beautiful job~

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  21. I would love snacking on this! Looks so delicious.

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  22. i love this!very perfect to look at..

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