Just a whiff from the jar and I could feel the heat from the chili in my throat! It looked so inviting and without hesitation, I stuck my finger in the jar for a little taste!! Holy Crap!! I got some really spicy stuff in that jar!! Thank God, I didn't stick my finger in my eye after I licked it!!
After a few moments and a few tissues, I recovered. I love spicy foods, the kind that bring that "burn so good" feeling to your mouth! This honey certainly did the trick, it's just a little too spicy by itself.
My husband loves peanut brittle so I made my first batch two nights ago and just about cooked it to death....as you'll see in the picture below. However, it got me thinking about girlichef's Habanero Honey and how tasty it might be added to the peanut brittle.
Lord in the Heavens!! It's the best peanut brittle I've ever made or tasted...don't mind me while I toot my horn! The famous combination of sweet and salty with the blazing hot chili was smashing!!
Recipe Habanero Peanut Brittle
For the Brittle
- 1 cup raw peanuts
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup Karo Syrup
- ¼ cup water
- ¼ cup Habanero Honey recipe below
- 1 tablespoon salted butter
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 candy thermometer
- Prepare a non stick cookie sheet with butter or vegetable spray set aside
Recipe Habanero Honey
- 10-12 Habanero peppers
- 2-3 Cups Honey
- Pretty jar with an air tight cover
- In a medium saucepan on medium heat, mix sugar, Karo syrup, water and Habanero Honey together until just blended, place the candy thermometer into the saucepan and bring mixture to a rolling boil.
- Don't stir the mixture! It will take 25-30 minutes to reach the hard crack stage or 302-310 degrees F. on the candy thermometer.
- When the candy thermometer reads 250 degrees or soft ball stage
- 1. add the peanuts,
- 2. cook until the thermometer reaches 302 - 310 F degrees or hard crack stage,
- 3. remove from heat,
- 4. add butter and stir to blend,
- add baking soda.
- Remember to use a wooden spoon to stir the hot syrup or you'll melt your spatula like I did ! Duh!
- The baking soda will make the mixture froth and double in size, stir for about 30 seconds then...
- Pour the syrup out onto a prepared baking sheet, spread into a thin layer and allow to cool at room temperature for 30 minutes, break the hardened brittle into pieces, store in an airtight container.
Directions For the Habanero Honey
- Thinly slice the Habanero and place in the jar, pour honey over to cover the chilies and let them steep at room temperature. The chilies will expel their juice and oils so you must stir the mix a few times during the steeping process. Mixture ripens over time however, can be used immediately.
- Honey is a natural preservative and will keep the chilies preserved at room temperature indefinitely.
Here's a photo of my "almost burnt peanut brittle" from my first batch...the over cooked, darker brittle is the one in back...it was still tasty but I prefer the taste of brittle that has less color. Luckily, my husband likes it either way and the first batch will not go to waste!
is there a reason mine turned out more like taffy? Didn't harden but still tasty
The most likely reason the brittle turned out more like taffy is that it needed to be cooked a few more minutes to reach the hard crack stage. The last few minutes are crucial when making brittle. (300 degrees F to 310 F.) Sometimes wet weather can play a role in candy making as well as rapid barometric pressure change, forcing you to add more cooking time. The science of candy making can get real tricky.
Other causes: thermometer inaccuracies
To test your candy thermometer, place in a saucepan full of tap water, at sea level it should reach 212 degrees F. at the hard boil stage. If it reads above or below the number make adjustments in your cooking times. Most recipes are based on sea level measure. For higher altitudes subtract 1 degree F. for every listed temperature for each 500 feet above sea level.
The best way to get the desired hard crack is to make the recipe a few more times allowing for more cooking time, and do a cold water test.
For the cold water test; prior to adding the peanuts, and after the thermometer reads 310 F. place a few drops of hot liquid in a cup of ice cold water, wait a few seconds, the candy should hard and crack when broken. Be careful not to burn your fingers when testing the hot liquid.
Most of all...don't get discouraged!
I just failed miserably making candy for 700 people. I tried to triple the recipe to save time...bad idea. Too much volume caused the liquid to heat slower, the mixture began to caramelize so when I added the blue food coloring to make ice blue candy, it turned green! UGH! I was so frustrated! I know better than to double or triple candy recipes.
Let me know how the next batch turns out! BTW, I'm happy that at least the first batch tasted yummy!!
What is an easy way to get honey out the jar once it has steeped? without getting pieces of tabanero mixed in?thank Clarence
Hi Clarence, The peppers tend to float to the bottom of the jar so I've never really had an issue with chunks however, you could use a regular honey spoon (the wooden kind with round bulb on the end) or just use a regular spoon to dish out a bit. I generally stick my finger in for a quick taste but rinse right away so I don't get the hot oil in my eyes. I also think that if you get a few little pieces of pepper flesh got past you the heat from the caramel would probably cook them to death. Thanks for visiting. Let me know how how you like the recipe!
Just this recipe, so going to give it a try. How long do you seep the peppers
Hi Jim I generally allow the peppers to soak for up to a week before using but 24 hours is ample time to impart great flavor. I use 5-8 peppers for one batch, about 3 cups of honey.i've kept a jar at room temp for over 6 months mighty powerful at that point but still delicious. Let me know how it goes
How long did you let the habaneros sit in the honey before using the honey?How many habaneros did you use in your batch?
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This looks very addictive! If I make this, then there will be more for me, it will be spicy for the kids! Love this!
mangocheeks, I would love your jelly!! All my favorite things mixed into one jar...YUM!Anette, You're right, the flavor is very exotic! If you like spicy foods you'd love this honey! I just suggest you use it with other foods to help calm the fire! xoxo
That looks so exotic, I've never seen anything like it! But the way you describe it, I think I would like the taste!
This looks fantastic. I made a Honeydew Melon chilli jelly/jam recently, so I know I would love these.
Hi Pam!! How's you neck of the woods?? It's snowing a bit up here and the wind is howling. Maybe we'll get a few inches of snow tonight! I hope you try making this brittle. It's really something different for the Holiday's. I tried it on some Greek yogurt today an it was to die for...it's become my newest food obsession!! Like I need another one!!Gloria, I don't refrigerate my honey. After doing some research about the subject I found that honey acts as a natural preservative. Just make sure to store it out of direct sunlight. I read a very informative article about the natural antibacterial nature of honey...check out this link for more info: http://www.entrepreneur.com/tradejournals/article/132772675.html
Rebecka, do you refrig your honey habanero? I'm getting ready to make some. Thx. I'll check back later.
I've been wondering what to do with the honey! This is perfect!
Gloria, you're so lucky to grow your own habanero plants. I live so high in the mountains that almost nothing grows up here. I'm forced to purchase all my produce and after years of having my own garden that makes me a little sad! I make lot's of recipes with habaneros too. Peach Salsa and Pepper jelly are two of my favorites! xoBiren, If you like spicy, sweet foods you'll love this peanut brittle! I've eaten so much of the first batch that I'm sure to pop! It has the same allure as the honey... once you get a taste you just can't stop!
That's one fiery and fierce peanut brittle! I am a big fan of peanut brittle but have never made it. Perhaps I should make this fiery version for the holidays.
Hi Rebecka. I do make Habanero jam/jelly. I love it! We grow our own habaneros so we always have tons. I freeze it or dry it in the dehydrator. I took one out of the freezer this morning to eat with my scrambled egg. Now I'm getting tempted to make this but I'm not. I may just make some jam. 🙂 Thanks, it looks so good. Enjoy and I love Heather and her blog too.
Alluring is the perfect word for it alright! I still sneak a lick ever now and again. I just can't help myself! I'm happy to share the love♥
Rebecka...I'm laughing so hard over here...because that honey is just so alluring! I continued to stick my finger in for a dip after blowing my head off the last time----over and over again, LOL!! I'm glad that you liked it and I LOVE the idea of using in a fiery brittle...YUM! It's fantastic w/ pork, too...blogging that soon. Thanks so much for sharing the love 😀