Our fresh bag of Peanuts seems to be never ending, I have made up two lots of boiled peanuts so far and our little dish of fresh nuts that sits on the kitchen bench is topped up nearly everyday.
This week I got a little adventurous with my nuts, turning them from a healthy little snack into a surprise sweet treat for all.
Fresh is Best!
but Sugar Coated is better!!
First you need to get yourself a few helping hands to shell your big bag of nuts . . .
We are very lucky to have fresh peanuts to shell and cook but any standard store bought raw peanuts can be used, just make sure you get the ones with the red skin still on them as the sugar coating will not stick to any nuts without the skins.
Sugar Coated Peanuts
1 cup of sugar
3 cups raw peanuts
1/2 cup water
1/2 tablespoon of cochineal or pink food colouring
Toss all ingredients into a large fry pan or saucepan, stir through and bring to the boil.
Stir continuously for approx 5 minutes until all the water evaporates and the sugar crystalises on the peanuts.
Remove the coated peanuts from the pan and place on a baking tray to dry and cool down.
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