Spicing Up an Old Fashioned Treat
We discovered a new treat last summer: spicy peanut brittle. We were on our first foray to the local farmers market, and a woman there was selling some really lovely homemade peanut brittle. We picked up a bag of maple brittle, and on her suggestion we tried out the spicy version.
Like chili chocolate, this isn't a combination I would normally gravitate towards. I mean, I know spicy and sweet combinations have been around for a long time. It's just that hot spices don't really come to mind when I think of hard candy. (That has changed now, though!)
I was curious about what the vendor added to get the heat, so I looked up a few spicy brittle recipes and found a couple combinations. I think the one we bought just had chili powder in it, but several of the recipes I found also used cinnamon. That sounds like something I might try! One also added cumin, which is a favourite of mine. Others just used cayenne.
And of course there are other savoury versions of peanut brittle: bacon brittle, garlic brittle, even pine nut brittle flavoured with rosemary. They're a pretty far cry from the sweet stuff I grew up with! Somehow they just seem more sophisticated than the maple or honey versions, or the brittle dipped in chocolate. Don't you think?
Have you ever made your own spiced or other savoury version of peanut brittle? Or maybe you just buy it ready made. What's your favourite?
Image credit: Peanut brittle by Janet Hudson/Flickr CC BY 2.0
Note: This content is adapted from an article I originally published on Bubblews
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