This homemade Ghanaian peanut brittle is very simple to make, mainly uses two ingredients, no candy thermometer needed, delicious and is ready in 20 minutes.
This homemade Ghanaian peanut brittle is one of the snacks I made with my mom when growing up. Peanut brittle is called “Nkate Cake” in Ghana, (translation: ‘Peanut cake’). As I write this post, a lot of childhood memories are coming back about growing up in Ghana and all the life we did as a family. This peanut snack was made every day in my home because it was my business, and I enjoyed every bit of it. This is one of the experiences that got me interested in cooking, baking and everything that goes on in the kitchen. I like making these candy snack bars, and I hope you enjoy making them too.
Ingredients Needed To Make The Peanut Brittle
The recipe uses two main ingredients, but you can decide to add vanilla extract to the recipe as a taste boaster which is totally optional. The brittle will taste amazing even without the vanilla extract.
- Vanilla extract
- You can use store bought dry roasted peanuts which the skin or husk has been removed. They are readily available in most grocery stores.
- If you want to use raw peanut, the peanuts must be roasted in a preheated oven at 350 for about 15-18 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow the peanut to cool down and remove the skin from it. To remove the skin, rub the peanuts between your two hands and the skin will be separated from the nuts. Collect the nut and use it as described in the recipe.
- If you want some saltiness in the taste, then use slightly salted dry roasted peanut.
- You can use food processor or blender to blend the peanut into a sandy texture. If you do not have any of these tools, then just pour the peanut into Ziplock bag and crush the peanut with rolling pin to the desired texture.
- This recipe does not require any candy thermometer, but the sugar can get burnt easily. Therefore, you should watch the sugar closely while cooking to prevent it from burning.
- Extra care should be taking when making this candy snack since you will be working with hot sugar.
How to make the peanut brittle
- Process the peanut in a blender or food processor into sandy texture or the texture you prefer. If using vanilla extract, add it to the peanut while processing.
- Melt sugar in a nonstick pan until melted but not burnt
- Add the processed peanut to the melted sugar or caramel
- Mix thoroughly until the caramel has coated the peanut and pull away from the pan
- Take the saucepan off the stove and turn the mixture onto a wooden board and use rolling pin to roll the brittle. The brittle will be very hot at this point, so handle with care. Silicon mat can also be used in place of the wooden board for the rolling.
- Rolled the peanut brittle into ½ inches thickness or the thickness you want.
- Cut the rolled peanut brittle into shapes with metal cookie cutters or knife
- Allow to cool and serve.
How to store peanut brittle
once the peanut brittle is completely cooled, they can be stored in airtight container for weeks at room temperature. store the brittle with layer of waxed paper in between the peanut brittle to prevent the bars from sticking to each other. Do not refrigerate the peanut brittle since moisture from the fridge will make it soft.
How to package
These peanut brittles can be easily packaged and can be given as a gift to friends, neighbors, and family. The brittles can be wrapped in wax paper, then into small treat bags and tie with bow. They can also be packaged into parchment lined containers and add some Ribbons and you have a presentable gift for any occasion. they can be used for party favors as well.
Thanks for reading. As always, know that God loves you and stay blessed.
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Tools and Equipment Needed
Homemade Peanut Brittle
- 2 cups peanut (roasted)
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ tsp vanilla extract (optional)
- Process the peanut in a blender or food processor into a sandy texture or the texture you prefer. If using vanilla extract, add it to the peanut while processing. Pour the processed peanuts into a small bowl and set aside.
- In a medium nonstick pan, pour sugar into it and put it on a medium heat. Melt the sugar completely while stirring continuously to prevent the sugar from burning.
- Add the processed peanut to the melted sugar or caramel. This should be done immediately after all the sugar have melted. Mix thoroughly until the caramel has mixed and coated well with the peanut and pulled away from the sides of the pan.
- Take the pan off the stove and turn the mixture onto a wooden board or silicon mat and use rolling pin to flatten the brittle. The brittle will be very hot at this point, so handle with care. You need to work fast so it does not become hard.
- Rolled the peanut brittle into ½ inches thickness or to the thickness of choice. Cut the rolled peanut brittle into shapes with metal cookie cutters or knife while it is still hot and before it hardens up.
- Allow to cool and serve.