Boomer and I have many things in common, like we both enjoy adventures, traveling by car and we both think Boomer is great. And we also share a love for peanut butter! I am so much a creature of habit that I have had a peanut butter and jam sandwich for lunch every work day for the past 10 years. Yeah I know I need to get out more often.
So needless to say I love peanut brittle. But would I like beer brittle? Do I like beer? Check! Do I like Brittle? Check. Put beer and brittle together and I had a delightful combo.
This recipe is inspired by the LA Times recipes
What you will need:
½ cup of “good” dark beer. As though you would have “bad” beer in your house
1 cup of white sugar
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
Pinch of salt
½ teaspoon of vanilla
1 cup toasted nuts (I used almond slivers but I’m thinking peanuts would probably be better… RIGHT!???)
Your first step will be lining a cookie sheet with aluminum foil, spraying the foil with cooking oil.
Next in a large sauce pan take the beer, sugar and corn syrup and bring to a boil over high heat. Once a boil is achieved, lower the heat and allow the mixture to simmer. You will cook until your candy thermometer reads 310 F degrees (154 C).
After the 310 is met stir in the salt, vanilla and nuts. The mixture is hot and steam puffs my burst out at you… so I’m saying be careful. Also make sure that you don’t boil over because it’s a super bitch to get this crap off your stove. I boiled over due to making a double batch and it took me over an hour to get my stove clean. I even used more cleaners than I ever thought possible and it still is not back to normal. UGH the Magic Eraser isn’t so magical.
Once everything is combined, spread out the mixture on the cookie sheet and allow to cool. Spread it pretty thin (about 1/4″ thick) and once it is cooled you can break the pieces apart. I took the caveman approach and used a meat tenderizer to break up the brittle. I lost a lot of brittle due to this method, most likely because I thought I was Bam Bam! If you use a meat tenderizer I recommend not going overkill while breaking up the brittle like I did. The pieces that did turn out were DELIGHTFUL!