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Chocolate Pecan Bark

Yesterday was one of those days when you feel like making something…. but not really putting in the effort of baking. I always have these BIG dreams of making things, and then sometimes when I actually get to opening the flour bag, I lose the energy to do it. So yesterday included recipes that made me “feel” like I was doing big hard things… when they weren’t at all. These is an easy recipe and is very attractive.

  • 1 package of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of toasted pecans, chopped
  • melted white chocolate for drizzling about 1 cup

Melt the semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave or on the stove in a double boiler. Spread the chocolate on wax paper in a 9×13 rectangle, leaving it at least 1/4 inch thick. Toast the pecans sprinkle over the chocolate. Press into the the chocolate. Melt the white chocolate and drizzle over the chocolate pecan mixture. Set aside until hard. Break into irregular shapes.

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Posted by on December 23, 2011 in Chocolate, Dessert, Nut

 

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Peanut Brittle

About a week or so ago, I tried to make a nut brittle. Being new to having my own household, sometimes I realize in the middle of things that I’m missing an item and have to figure out where I put it. On the rare occasion, I realize I actually don’t *have* that item. Such was the case last week, when I tried to make this nut brittle and realized that I did not have a candy thermometer. I had a meat thermometer, and did my best to improvise, but the two aren’t entirely the same :P. While I could tell the flavors were there and the recipe *WOULD* have come out rather nicely- my lack of a thermometer made me overcook the sugar and gave it a bitter taste.

So I promptly picked up a candy thermometer while I was at the store on my latest visit. All excited about the prospect of making some kind of candy of sorts. I still had a whole container of salted peanuts, so I decided to start simply, and do peanut brittle. This one was incredibly easy, and turned out quite beautiful!

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup light- color corn syrup
  • 2½ cups salted peanuts
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

Butter a large baking sheet; set aside. In a microwave- safe glass bowl, combine sugar and corn syrup. Microwave on 100 percent power for 5 to 7 minutes or until sugar dissolves and mixture is bubbly over entire surface, stirring twice.

Stir in peanuts. Microwave, uncovered, on 100 percent power for 4 minutes. Stir in the 2 tablespoons butter and the vanilla. Cook, uncovered, on 100 percent power for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the candy reaches hard- crack stage (302° F). and syrup is a clear golden color. After 2 minutes of cooking, stir peanut mixture every 30 seconds.

Stir in baking soda. Immediately pour mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, spreading the mixture as thin as possible. Cool brittle completely. Break it into irregular pieces. Place brittle in a plastic bag; seal.

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2011 in Dessert, Nut, Peanut

 

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