The perfect and most delicious gift – and one you can make in your own kitchen – for Dad this Father’s Day, HAS to be peanut brittle. It has a hint of beer and chilli in it adding to the flavour and I warn you now, Dad’s not likely to share.
This is my all-time favourite peanut brittle recipe and it’s a cinch to make in the Thermomix. If you don’t have a Thermomix, you could also do it in a large saucepan on the stovetop, just keep an eye on it!
Presentation is important when gifting food, and a jar and ribbon are perfect for this brittle. Plus it makes for an easy doorstep delivery if you’re having to do that this year.
Let’s go nuts making brittle!
Thermomix Beer and Chilli Peanut Brittle
- 260g raw sugar
- 200g beer
- 350g unsalted peanuts
- 1 teaspoon dried chilli flakes (feel free to leave out if Dad isn’t a spicy guy)
- 2 teaspoons sea salt flakes
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a large baking tray (or use two smaller trays) with baking paper and set aside. TIP: Scrunch up the baking paper before flattening it back out, it will sit in the tray better!
2. Place the sugar in the Thermomix bowl and mill it to icing sugar texture for 15 seconds on speed 9. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with the spatula.
3. Add the beer and heat 6 minutes at varoma temperature on speed 2. Place the simmering basket on top of the lid instead of the measuring cup.
4. Add the nuts and cook for 3 minutes, 90°C, reverse, speed 1. Again, place the simmering basket on top of the lid instead of the measuring cup. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.
5. Cook for a further 5 minutes, 100°C, reverse, speed 1. Place the simmering basket on top of the lid instead of the measuring cup. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.
6. Add the chilli flakes and sea salt. Mix 4 seconds, reverse on speed 3. (If you don’t want the nuts broken up at all, just use the lowest, stirring speed).
7. Pour the mixture onto the baking tray(s) and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, watching for the edges to turn a golden colour (be careful not to take it too far!). Remove from the oven and let the brittle cool on the trays completely.
8. Break the peanut brittle into shards and package up for Dad!
There you have it, an easy recipe using pantry staples. And as a result, an inexpensive and impressive last-minute peanut brittle gift for Dad!