When I learned about Kraft’s Recipe for Joy initiative, I was moved enough to send a few emails and pass along the good word. If you didn’t notice the post in last weeks news, let me tell you about it. Kraft has partnered with Food Banks Canada for a bit of tasty fun. Not requiring a lot of heavy lifting, or even for you to leave the house, this is one simple and straight forward venture. Just visit the Kraft Recipe for Joy website, enter an email address (the recipient will receive a recipe), and Kraft will donate $2 to Food Banks Canada.
As it so happens, Kraft send me an email asking if I’d like to give the recipes a whirl. After feeling good about the talk**, I decided to give it a go. So a few days later I received a present in the mail. It felt just like Christmas. It even came with ribbon!!! I opened the container to find a personalized note and memory stick sitting on top. As I ripped through the red paper, I found an assortment of dried goods (crackers, jam, chocolate) and a gift card for my local grocery store. The gift card, in case you are wondering, is to buy the fresh ingredients. After all, who wants a pork loin sent through the mail!
Over the next little bit, I’m going to intermingle a few of the recipes in between regular posts. Unless of course, I just go home cooking crazy and then you’ll have to patiently wait while I consume all these holiday treats. The first, is this simple peanut brittle. Coming from a brittle family, I had a feeling this would be a big success. The recipe is easy, and the most trying part may be the wait. Have you ever tried to eat warm brittle? Ouch!! If there was one change I’d make to the recipe, it would be the addition of parchment. It took me a lot of sweat, and I bent a fork and knife trying to pry the harden brittle from the greased pan. Hey, at least it helped me burn a few calories! One last thing. The peanut butter & chocolate dip…was in a word, awesome! I have a feeling these will be gone in no time.
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 Tbsp. butter
2 cups PLANTERS COCKTAIL Peanuts
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
4 squares BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
SPRAY large baking sheet with cooking spray. Microwave sugar and corn syrup in large glass microwaveable bowl on HIGH 5 min. Stir in butter and peanuts. Microwave 3 to 4 min. or until pale golden brown. Stir in baking soda and vanilla. (Mixture will foam.) Spread onto prepared baking sheet. Cool completely. Break into pieces.
MICROWAVE chocolate in 1-cup glass measuring cup on HIGH 1 to 2 min. or until chocolate is melted when stirred. Add peanut butter; stir until melted. Dip half of each candy piece in chocolate mixture; scrape bottom against edge of cup to remove excess chocolate. Place on sheet of foil or waxed paper. Refrigerate 20 min. or until chocolate is firm.
**As with all samples, I’m very clear about my freedom to be brutal and honest with any product that comes. If they don’t let me do that, then I won’t try things.