Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Grandma's Cinnamon Spiced Peanut Brittle- A must for this Christmas

Know What You Eat: Jaggery (Panela) not only tastes great, easy to make and very easy on your waist line.It is a "natural" sweetener made by the concentration of sugarcane juice WITHOUT the use of any chemicals / synthetic additives or preservatives. It contains an enormous wealth of minerals / protein / vitamins and iron. On the other hand there are lot of blogs bluff about the usage of Agave Nectar, but if you read a bit that its spiking the triglyceride levels...whats the use of such as a substitute in your daily preparations, instead stick to natural products like Jaggery than having experiments done on your family just because you are influenced with the good talks. Peanuts make a classic brittle, but you can substitute it with your favorite nut like cashew almond or even pistachios. Offer these treats at holiday time for guests to enjoy with coffee or tea. Or give them out as gifts, broken into uniform pieces or uneven shards, wrapped in cellophane bags. You might also give lucky recipients a small hammer and let them do the cracking. Its not only fun, its loaded with all the goodness and a bit of holiday flavor making it just perfect for this Christmas. Here's how I made.


Peanut Brittle


Ingredients:
  • 2 C Peanuts, chopped & toasted
  • 1-1/2 C Indian Jaggery (Panela)
  • 1 Tbsp Ghee/Butter
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger powder
Method:
  • Butter a rimmed baking sheet; set aside. (Dont worry you dont have to bake anything here..its only to yield perfect pieces)
  • In a toaster oven toast peanuts for 5-8 minutes stirring in between till they are crisp.
  • Once peanut is cool enough to handle, chop them into small pieces and keep it aside.
  • Now heat a pan, add jaggery to dissolve it, start stirring and heat it till it bubbles, becomes thick and almost double the volume.
  • Remove pan from heat. Stir in butter/ghee,cinnamon & ginger powder along with toasted peanuts. Immediately transfer peanut mixture onto buttered baking sheet.
  • With a rolling pin or greased spatula quickly spread mixture to 1/2 inch thick. Keep it aside for 2 mins, with a knife shape up the brittle in square pieces. Once it is slightly cool, about 10 minutes. Break brittle into shapped pieces and enjoy these cinnamon & ginger spiced guilt free snacks.

16 comments:

Shanthi said...

A perfect cinnamon peanut chikki. Luv it

sangee vijay said...

Aww..this is my childhood fav snack,but never tried with cinnamon flavor..looks absolutely yummy!!! Thanks for sharing!!

divya said...

Wow looks so delicious...yummy and beautiful clicks

Archana said...

Looks yummy, no awesome.

Anisha said...

This is good... just yeaterday I saw Anjum Anad on Tv coating the nuts with jaggery... I totally agree, jaggery is a natural and better sweetner compared to others..

Chitra said...

Awesome click. Lovely recipe indeed !

Priya said...

Wow highly irresistible and super tempting brittle..

hemalata said...

Very yummy peanut chikki n nice presentation.

SkinnyMommy said...

Looks delish!

Prathibha said...

loved the cinnamon twist in it

Alpana said...

Going back to childhood days.......we used to call it moongphali patti. You are making me drool.

Poornima Nair said...

Been ages since I've had some chikki, these look awesome!

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

my childhood favorites too... Yum!

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Rachana said...

Delicious crunchy delights!

Purabi Naha said...

Muskaan, how can Grandma's recipe ever be wrong? This is an awesome brittle recipe and really thanks for sharing this!
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