Depression Era Peanut Brittle Recipe

Louisiana woman shares her depression era recipe for peanut brittle.

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This is my recipe for peanut brittle from the depression era. Made from peanuts and syrup or sugar. Parch the peanuts, then shell them. Measure your syrup or sugar. Cook until it turns to a syrup (thick bubbling). Then butter your pan or platter. Pour your bubbling thick syrup into your buttered pan or platter. Let it stand until cool. Then cut into squares.

We would select a number two or three wash pot. We would put two gallons of corn and an eight pound bucket of ashes into the wash pot. The ashes were made by burning oak limbs around the pot. Then we poured in enough water to cover the corn. We then built a fire around the pot and cooked the corn until it was tender. Then dipped out of the pot, washed well until free of ashes. Now it was ready to be carried to the kitchens to be served.

Willie Mae Faulkner
Shreveport, Louisiana


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