Dixie Peanut Brittle is one amazing peanut brittle. It is so rich and loaded with larger peanuts making it our favorite brittle. I make it on the stove top, even though there is a recipe for the microwave. Ya, we tried that once? And I am sure I will try it again.
Maybe when I am not taking a picture for my blog! Ha ha. It didn’t turn out too well. So I must try it again. I always like a good challenge. But, I also like things that I am able to get done soon, so that I can keep up to my brain.
Dixie Peanut Brittle is a nice treat for family and friends. The thing that I love the most about it is that it works every time. Now that is my kind of recipe! My wonderful neighbor use to live in North Carolina and she is the one that introduced me to Aunt Ruby Peanuts!
As you can see here, I do nee to get some new pans. I have had my pans for 31 years and they are starting to show their age. What are your favorite pans that you have had in your life? I have been looking and different ones and I haven’t decided yet. I do know that I will only get one more set in my life, and so they need to be good ones.
I couldn’t help but feel a little sad for the car that honked at me yesterday when I was out and about. I had been waiting for a few minutes trying to make a left hand turn and there was a gap, so I went. There was plenty of room but the car that was coming, laid on the horn.
I thought to my self, I hope you have a better day and that you slow down and enjoy the people in your lives and that you learn a little more patience. I think that we can all learn that. The reason I thought this for that person is that I am also thinking it for me. The other day my neighbors brought me a plate of goodies and I opened the door and I was in a hurry mode.
Well, that is because I was cooking peanut brittle on the stove and I didn’t want it to burn and I was trying to get my granddaughter to sleep. I opened the door and I said “Oh thank you so much”, gave them a hug and wished them Merry Christmas.
Why are we all so busy that we don’t take time for the people in our lives even if it is allowing the car that needs out to come out? Let’s start today and take 3 seconds to enjoy others a little bit more, 3 seconds to smile and 3 seconds to enjoy ourselves.
May you all enjoy your holiday season! I hope that we can all forget all the material things that we are hurrying around and buying, and spend time with loved ones. I love you all and wish you a very Merry Christmas. I hope that you enjoy the recipes that I am sharing with you and that you are making memories with your friends and family!!
This picture doesn’t show how big the peanuts are from Aunt Ruby”s Peanuts, but I promise once you order from them, you will never want to go back to buying them in the grocery store. And this Dixie Peanut Brittle is outstanding.
Tips and tricks:
1- If you do not have a candy thermometer, you can check your candy by using a cold cup of water. Place about a 1/4 teaspoon of the syrup in the water, roll it into a ball and pull it out of the water and see how the mixture feels. Is it soft or hard? If it is nice and hard, it is at a hard ball stage.
2- Make sure that you have a sturdy spoon to stir the mixture!
3- Also, I peeled all my peanuts before, this is not necessary!!!
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- ½ cup water
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3 cups raw shelled peanuts
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- In a heavy saucepan, heat sugar, syrup, water, and salt to a rolling boil.
- Add peanuts. Reduce heat to medium and stir constantly. Cook to a hard crack stage (300 - 310 degrees Fahrenheit).
- Add butter, then baking soda. Beat rapidly and pour on a buttered surface spreading to ¼ inch thickness.
- When cool, break into pieces.
- Store in an airtight container.