My Father In Law, whom I love to spoil, wanted some Cashew Brittle. He had fond memories of the Brittle his Sister made. I trolled around the interwebs and found this wonderful little recipe from Alton Brown. The addition of Cinnamon and Cayenne makes it not so sickly sweet and very interesting! The original recipe called for nuts, but my Father In Law wanted Cashews!
1/2 cups lightly salted, roasted peanuts
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (I recommend using less)
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (I recommend using less)
3 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups water
Vegetable oil, for coating the saucepan
Softened butter for spatula
In a small bowl combine peanuts, cinnamon, and cayenne. Set aside.
Brush the inside of a medium sized heavy saucepan with vegetable oil. Add the sugar and water to the saucepan, cook over high heat, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon, until it comes to a boil.