It is that time of year when we all get visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads. Time to do an inventory of all of our baking ingredients and stock up because it’s time to start making all the wonderful cookies and candies that we love for the holidays. This Maple Bacon Peanut Brittle is a recipe I received from a friend at a Christmas cookie exchange about 5 years ago. Over the years I have used this recipe to make various types of brittle including cashew, almond, and the traditional, peanut.
Bacon is currently “the” craze in America and you can find it in just about everything. I decided to hop on the bacon bandwagon and modify my usual peanut brittle recipe into this stunning Maple Bacon peanut brittle with the addition of maple flavoring and delicious pieces of crispy bacon. How can that be wrong when it tastes so good? When we met Paula Deen and sons in Savannah, GA last week we told them all about this recipe! They were truly engaged! I was over the Moon with excitement. We just love Paula and sons, Jamie and Bobby. They are good people.
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1 1/4 cup salted nuts
- 1 teaspoon butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon maple extract
- 1/2 pound bacon, finely chopped, fried, drained on paper towels
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a large glass bowl combine the sugar and corn syrup and microwave on high 4 minutes. Stir in the nuts and then microwave on high 3 1/2 minutes. Stir in butter, vanilla and maple and microwave for 1 minute 15 seconds.
- Working very quickly stir in baking soda until light and foamy, stir in bacon. Pour onto baking sheet, spread as thin as possible. Allow to cool completely then either break into pieces or hit lightly with a rolling pin. Store in an air tight container