May 03, 2009

Sweet Heat

When I received the new Cooking Light magazine, the first thing I knew I was going to make from it was the Chipotle Peanut Brittle.

At the food co-op where I love to shop they have this nut brittle that is spiced with chili. I don't usually buy it but I have had it and it is delish! I wish I could tell you the name of the company that makes this but I can't. BUT, I can tell you that you can make it yourself and its not hard!

This was my very first ever attempt at making peanut brittle and I have to say that I was pretty successful considering the thermometer got way too hot before I knew it. I'm SO lucky! I contemplated whether I was going to toss the syrup out or toss the peanuts in when I decided, what the heck and just tossed the peanuts in. I believe my thermometer went well over 300 degrees.

Chipotle Peanut Brittle
Cooking Light, May 2009

Cooking spray
1 cup sugar
1 cup light-colored corn syrup
1 tablespoon butter
1 (11.5 ounce) container salted, dry roasted peanuts
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper; coat paper with cooking spray.

Combine sugar, corn syrup, and butter in a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Cook 18 minutes or until a candy thermometer registers 275 degrees, stirring frequently. (This was where I messed up but it didn't seem to make much of a difference - either that or my candy thermometer was inaccurate!) Add peanuts; cook 3 minutes or until a candy thermometer register 295 degrees, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in baking soda and chile powder. The baking soda will cause the mixture to bubble and become opaque.

Quickly ppour mixture onto prepared pan; cover with a sheet of parchment paper. Using a rolling pin, quicly roll mixture to an even thickness. Discard top parchment sheet. Cool mixture completely; break into pieces. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 28 servings (serving size 1 ounce)

Calories 133, Fat 6.2g, Fiber 1 g., Sodium 173 mg
WW Points: 3 points per 1 ounce serving

29 comments:

  1. We really enjoy peanut brittle. I can only imagine that the kicked up version brings it to new heights! Good find. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. This sounds so yummy! I just made something similar as a test recipe for an upcoming cookbook & it was divine!

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  3. I make a lot of peanut brittle during the holidays, this will be a great addition to holiday gift baskets!

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  4. Oh YUM -- I love the spicy-sweet-nutty combo -- delicious!

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  5. Your brittle looks perfect! Hope you're feeling better.

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  6. Sounds & looks fantastic - I love the sweet/chilli combo!

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  7. mmmmm! I'll bet this is something you can't stop eating!!!

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  8. Those look really addicting!

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  9. this really looks delicous, nutty and crunchy! so yummy!

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  10. I love peanut brittle, and this sounds fantastic! I have to try this.

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  11. Love the little chilli hit as a twist - yummy!

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  12. that brittle looks delicious! I've never made brittle before, but just got a candy thermometer so maybe I'll give it a try!

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  13. What a nice little spin on peanut brittle!

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  14. What a fantastic flavor combo, I love it!

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  15. Yes! I saw this one and wanted to make it, but my husband didn't seem that interested. The WW points aren't bad. I think I'll give it a try and share some, too! Looks amazing!

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  16. The chipotle just made me want to try this :) I just love your photos, btw.

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  17. I've never been much of a brittle fan but I am totally intrigued by making it with chile.

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  18. Anything chipotle is good...including sweets. I have to say, I always blanch at making candy, but you make it sound so easy! I will have to give it a shot, because this looks too good to miss.

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  19. Spicy sweet is the way to go! I always have to assume that whenever a recipe calls for peanuts, I can substitute another nut so I'd love to try this with my current fave - cashews! 8-)

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  20. Mmm, I love brittle. I've never made it myself, so I can't wait to try this. Looks delicious!! Great job.

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  21. I love to shop they have this nut brittle that is spiced with chili.

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  22. I've actually never had brittle, but it looks really good! We don't have chipotle chili powder over here, do you think I could use regular chili powder instead?

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  23. I love this kind of brittle. The sweet and heat is just great together!

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  24. I love peanut brittle and this version looks amazing!!!

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  25. I was flipping through Cooking Light at a bookstore the other day and flipped to this recipe - it looked so, so good. Glad to see that it turned out spectacularly for you - and now I have the recipe!

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  26. That looks AMAZING!!!!

    I'll definitely be making some!

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