Lyles Cracking Peanut Brittle
1/4 cup Butter
3/4 cup Caster Cane Sugar (extra fine sugar)
1 Tbsp water
2/3 cup Lyle's Golden Syrup
1 to 1 1/2 cup salted peanuts to your liking ( I used 1 1/2 cups)
Pop the Butter Caster Sugar and water in a pan over gentle heat (medium heat setting). Keep stirring all the time, until the butter melts. Add the Lyle's Golden Syrup and keep stirring over the heat until the sugar melts. Stir continuously and bring the sticky mixture to a gentle boil. This may take 10 minutes or more. Test by dropping just a tiny bit( dip a small spoon into the mixture then let the drop fall into the ice water) into a small bowl of ice cold water - if it immediately hardens, you're ready to add the peanuts. (if not, continue to boil and test again). The mixture may set up immediately but you want it to feel relatively hardened. Pop the peanuts into the mixture and continue to stir. The little nuts will cool the syrup a little, so test again in the iced water. When the brittle mixture hardens immediately in the water, it's ready. Carefully pour the mixture onto a lightly greased baking tray and leave to harden for about 30 minutes. It would be a good idea to use food service latex gloves to spread the mixture out to a single layer on the pan. The fun part: smash into pieces with a toffee hammer or with the handle of a heavy knife. Enjoy the delightful mix of salt sugar and snap!