For those that don't know me very well, I LOVE to be in my kitchen. I'm not a good cook and certainly don't claim to be, but I do love to try. When Dino and I got married, I knew that one of his favorite things that his mom made was peanut patties. You know, that's that soft round red candy patty that at the convenience stores sets usually right next to the counter. Anyway, it is something that I never did really eat growing up, but he loved his moms. So I made the decision to try to master them. It's usually hit or miss -- I seem to always want to make them when the humidity is high. And I have never really found out why, but if humidity is high, can't just won't set up. So this morning when I got up, I decided that I would try it today and see how they turned out.
So here we go -- here is the cast of characters:
Now the hard part begins. You have to beat it all together. Beat and beat and beat and beat. The more you stir, the harder it's going to get stir. That's a good sign. You'll know when it's close to being ready because you will beat the glaze off the top and it will start being kind of stringy. Don't know how else to describe that. Guess I should have made a picture. I didn't time it, but I probably stirred this a good 5 or 6 minutes. When one arm gets tired, just switch to the other one and keep stirring LOL
So thanks to my mother-in-law, Peggy Condley, for one of the best recipes she left for me to make for Dino.
Here is the receipe:
2 cups sugar
1/2 c. water
1/2 c. white karo
Bring water/sugar/karo to a boil then pour in 3 cups of peanuts. Cook until it forms a soft ball (about 240 degrees). Remove from heat and add 3 tablespoons butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 3 or 4 drops of red food coloring and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda. Stir until the butter is melted and beat until it looses it gloss and becomes a little sticky. Pour into a buttered sheet. Let it cool and then break apart into smaller pieces.