POPCORN BRITTLE

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This is a brilliant take on an old fashioned favorite – peanut brittle.    When I was small my Dad would make peanut brittle as a winter treat.   Because of the intense heat the wood stove had to generate to get the syrup up to the right temperature this was a cold weather treat.  He would test the syrup by dropping  spoonfuls on to a plate of snow to ascertain if it was at the soft or hard ball state.   This  ritual, this chopping of kindling, mixing the sugar, chopping the nuts was as much about entertainment as having a sweet treat.  This little delight is waiting for you to create your own alchemy in the kitchen.  Click on POPCORN BRITTLE and enjoy.

FLEUR DE SEL CARAMELS

 

It is time, my darlings, for you to indulge yourself and all those you love.   Serve these caramels with coffee after dinner or pack them in glassine bags with ribbons for hostess gifts.  Or.. you could always just stash them away for a rainy day.  You know the kind of day – when YOU need a treat. The recipe is on my food blog MRS. BUTTERFINGERS.