Whilst walking around Tower Hill, we saw some vendors selling caramelised peanuts. The peanuts looked so yummy so we got some.
I am not sure if the caramelised peanuts tasted so good because we were hungry or they were really that good. 🙂
Anyway, slightly warm caramelised peanuts are delicious. Just the thing after a days of sightseeing.
Below is a recipe which is very easy to make. I noticed from our local supermarket that there are stocks of raw peanuts going at low prices. So next time I go shopping, they will be added to my shopping trolley.
Watch this space.
Caramelised Peanut Recipe
2 cups raw peanuts, shelled
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/3 cup water
pinch of salt
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup sugar, for rolling in
Using a heavy bottom pan or a wok over a medium heat, combine the water, sugar and peanuts.
Stir thoroughly until the sugar granules are dissolved.
Continue to stir until most of the water have evaporated leaving a syrup-like consistency over sandy looking peanuts. This process would usually take about 10-15 minutes.
It is important to stir the peanuts around the syrup for two main reasons: it will prevent burning and the syrup will coat the peanuts evenly. Continue stirring until the peanuts have turned into delicious golden brown.
Once happy with the look of the peanuts, add the salt and cinnamon. Give the peanuts a good stir to incorporate the salt and cinnamon.
Time to remove from the heat. Add the vanilla and give it another good stir. Set aside for a minute or two.
Prepare the baking sheet lining it in tin-foil. Add the sugar for rolling.
Put a ladleful of the peanuts in the baking sheet and cover with the sugar, roll it thoroughly in between the peanuts to separate them individually.
Using a sieve, sift the excess sugar from the peanuts. Put the first batch aside.
Continue with the rest of the peanuts yet to be rolled and sifted.
Then time to enjoy these crunchy sweet peanuts.
If it so happens that there are leftovers, they can be stored in an airtight container.
As most warnings read: This recipe contains nuts!!! 😉