Peanut Brittle Semi-freddo – Nuts about Sweets

July 16, 2012
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It’s amazing what one can do in a pinch. This is one of those times.

I’d originally wanted to do a hazelnut dessert for this month’s Sweet Adventures Blog Hop – Nuts about Sweets. I’d bought some beautiful roasted hazelnuts from the farmers markets in Mudgee, and thought they’d be perfect for it. As usual, leaving things til the last minute, I emptied my hazelnuts to start taking the skins off, not realising that they were actually still in their shells. I know, I know! I don’t have a nutcracker. Insert minor heart attack here.

So, frantically searching the pantry for any nut I could find, I came across some chopped peanuts that I usually use for my choc chip cookies. They’re not fancy, but they’ll do!

I don’t know about you guys, but to me peanuts either mean Reese’s (duh) or peanut brittle. After much debate, I settled on the dessert you see before you – Peanut Brittle Semi-freddo.

I love how easy this dessert is. You can literally whip it up in a matter for moments, whack it all together, and throw it in the freezer, and once its set (I left it overnight but you could probably do it the morning of a dinner party) you get a beautifully creamy ice-cream with the sticky toffee crunch of the brittle.

Peanut Brittle Semi-freddo

Peanut Brittle
Adapted from allrecipes

Ingredients

1 ½ cups chopped peanuts
1 cup white sugar
½ cup golden syrup
1 good pinch of salt
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon bicarb soda

Method

Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper and set aside.

In a glass bowl, combine peanuts, sugar, golden syrup, and salt. Cook in microwave for 5 to 7 minutes on High; mixture should be bubbly starting to brown. Stir in butter and vanilla; cook  for another 2 minutes.

Quickly stir in baking soda, just until mixture is foamy. Pour immediately onto baking tray and allow to cool for around 15 minutes, or until set.

Place another sheet of non-stick paper on top of the brittle and bash until you have small crumbs (I used a rolling pin). Set aside in a container.

Vanilla Semi-freddo
Adapted from Good Chef, Bad Chef

Ingredients

3 egg yolks 
6 whole eggs
325g sugar
750ml cream
1tsp vanilla paste

Method

Whip cream to soft peaks, fold in vanilla and set aside.

In an electric mixer, whip eggs and sugar until light, pale and fluffy.

Combine egg mix and cream, folding lightly so you don’t lose too much air.

Fold through brittle and place in a loaf tin lined with Glad Wrap.

I actually had a whole mix left over which I used to fill a 2 Litre ice-cream container. But you know, for presentation purposes, the loaf tin works well ;)

So welcome, once again to the Sweet Adventures Blog Hop. Thank you to our return hoppers and a big welcome to those newbies for this month. We love looking through the creations each month, and you guys definitely deliver some drool worthy dishes.

Sweet Adventures Blog Hop – Nuts about Sweets

The SABH is brought to you by 84th & 3rd, Delicieux, The Hungry AustralianThe Capers of the Kitchen Crusader, and moi, Dining With a Stud.

IMPORTANT - Please read the instructions below, they explain how to link up and how to get the hop to appear on your post. If you aren’t sure of something leave a comment or send me an email at nic@diningwithastud.com and I will help where I can.

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