Sunday, January 4, 2009

May 2009 be sweet and spicy!

I hope you all made it safely to 2009! I wish you all a wonderful year, may it be sweet but with some nice spice to it.

Sweet and spicy, just like this candy bar!

Sweet and creamy chocolate with spicy and crunchy peanuts all in the same bite. Nothing new or fancy but oh sooooo good and perfect to start off the New Year!

I love caramelized spicy peanuts and make them very often. More often that I should, actually. I even blogged about them before and once I’ve used the same method with sunflower seeds. But this was the first time I’ve eaten them with chocolate. Silly me, I should have thought about this before!

I’ve made my bars with a chocolate bar mould (same one I used a while ago for my Fresh Fig Bars), but if you don’t have one, you can just do this is a tray and then cut out bars or break them up into pieces like you would for a chocolate bark.

CARAMELIZED SPICY PEANUTS

  • 350 gr (12.5 oz) roasted peanuts
  • 150 gr (5.4 oz) sugar
  • 150 ml water
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tsp chilli powder (or more if you like it hot)
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt

In a pan mix the sugar and water just so the sugar can start dissolving and take it to the stove without mixing anymore. Meanwhile mix all the spices and salt and set aside. Clear a space on a table to later mix in the spices onto the peanuts and leave there a wooden spoon or a spatula. When the syrup starts to boil leave it for 1 minute or so and dump all the peanuts. It will seam at this time you have a lot of liquid but don't worry, mix with energy and in a while you'll start to see the sugar turning white and sandy. That's normal, carry on mixing and that sandy sugar will start to transform into caramel. Don't stop mixing, paying extra attention to the sides of the pan so you don't get caramel burning there. Mix, mix, mix... You'll soon have nice even caramel covered peanuts (hopefully) and now you’ll have to act fast: Dump the peanuts onto the table and sprinkle with the spicy powder. With the spoon you used to mix and the one you had previously left there start moving the seeds with both hands trying to mix in the spices evenly. When you're happy with the way they’re covered, spread them as spread out as you can (don't worry much because they'll separate fine after cooling) and leave it to cool. Store in a jar if you're not using right away.

I’ve decided to use half dark and half milk chocolate and I was really happy with that with the peanuts, but fell free to use whatever you think you’ll like best or what you have on hand. I’ve also tempered it but it will work as well even if you don’t, just keep it in the fridge.

2009 SWEET AND SPICY CANDY BAR

  • 100 gr (3.5 oz) dark chocolate
  • 100 gr (3.5 oz) milk chocolate
  • Caramelized spicy peanuts (as little or many as you like)

Chop the chocolates and melt them in the microwave or a bain-marie. Put 2/3 on the bottom of the bars and add the peanuts on top. Cover them with the rest of the chocolate and sprinkle with more peanuts, finely chopped. Let set and unmould.

The year might have changed but I’m still the same and will keep on posting silly pictures of my fingers with bitten food at the end of my posts! Enjoy!

I know I could eat a bar like this everyday of the year!

57 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Happy New Year!! Glad to see you back - ESPECIALLY with these treats ;-)

♥Reeni said...

If I could I would reach right in and steal that last bite out of your fingers! I don't even care that you've bitten it! I love the sweet and salty combo. Happy New Year!

Sara said...

Mmmm, this looks amazing!!

Bob said...

Oh wow that looks good! I want some wicked bad. :)

Tanya said...

Happy New Year! Those bars sound amazingly good. Normally I'm not a fan of nuts in candy bars, but I'd definitely be willing to try one of these!

Heather said...

HOLY CRAP. that looks so good. i want one right now.

Ingrid said...

I've never eaten a candy bar before but yours make me wish for one. The peanuts especially look wonderful.

Happy 2009!
~ingrid

Sara said...

This looks delicious, I love the idea of the candied peanuts!

FFichiban said...

Omg that looks heavenly!! Peanuts and chocolate are made for each other and the caramelized spice is the icing on the cake!

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

Hi. You have some great recipes here. Everything looks delicious! And your blog design is so cute!

caosnacozinha said...

Rita, I loved it! I'm keeping the recipe and I'll make it to give as a present! I'll spread your chocolaty goodness this year! Have an incredible 2009!

***
mariana

alexandra's kitchen said...

what fun! This would make the best gift. I'm going to bookmark this and keep it in mind for the future. it would be fun to make personalized wrappers for different people ... fun in theory at least.

Dragon said...

These are making my mouth water! Happy New Year, my friend. :)

My Sweet & Saucy said...

What a great post! The candy bar looks sooo good!

Creative One said...

That candy bar looks delicious!

The Blonde Duck said...

That looks so good! Sweet and salty--yum yum yum!

Bridgett said...

Now this is a perfect way to start the new year. Gorgeous little treats are always good!

Maggie said...

Happy New Year! I like all the different spices for the peanuts, it sounds like it would be great with chocolate.

diva said...

i have a massive thing for candied nuts. we have the german market in town come christmas (that's over by now sadly) which brings us lots of stalls selling candied nuts and i just go crazy! these look amazing. and spiced? sounds so much better. lovely lovely photos. happy 2009 :) x

Colloquial Cook said...

Oh! Rita!! How DID you know it was my birthday today and decided to send me a batch of those!!! You are really a very nice person, thank you very much!

Also please keep showind pictures of half-chewed food. I think it's a good indicator of yuminess.

Maria said...

I really hope it is sweet and spicy! Happy New Year!

noble pig said...

Are you selling these because I am going to fork over some dough and have you send me a few hundred.

Maris said...

With every picture this recipe got better and better!

Katrina said...

Yum, Rita, Yum! You always leave me so speechless with your ideas, photos and chocolate!

Mrs Ergül said...

what a cool snack?! I too can have this all year round!

Aran said...

que rico tiene que estar... feliz 2009!

Y said...

I'm an idiot! I thought at first that you were posting something about the month of May, 2009. Talk about an early post! :P

Happy New Year to you! Oh, and that candy bar looks delicioussss!

Passionate About Baking said...

I think I'm as idiotic as Y...stupid me! These are delicious...what a great beginning to 2009 CC. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

linda said...

Ohhh how delicious!
Happy New Year!

Jo said...

Happy new year! These look absolutely sinful and such a delight to snack on. :)

Jeanine said...

Happy New Year! This bar looks FANTASTIC! Yum!

Kevin said...

Those spiced peanuts sound good and placing them in a chocolate bar is a great idea!

Cakelaw said...

This looks simply irresistable!

Cakebrain said...

I love sweet and spicy nuts! good for you bothering to temper chocolate! I haven't had patience to try tempering yet! your bar looks absolutely yummy!

The Peanut Butter Boy said...

Oh my, you really need to sell those chocolate bars, I would like to buy some! If nothing else, I'll be making those peanuts soon.

morgana said...

Así no hay quien haga propósito de adelgazar en año nuevo... Jajajaja. Menos mal que me conozco y ya ni me hago el propósito ni nada.

Qué bien estar de vuelta de vacaciones y encontrar cositas nuevas y deliciosas.

Dulce, creativo y prolífico 2009!!

pigpigscorner said...

Wow, they look yummilicious!

natalia said...

Ciao ! I wish I could just have a bite !!

Lisa said...

Rita, those look fantastic! I love the sweet and spicy combo and wish I could have 1 (or, uhhh, 10) NOW, at 10:00am!

Happy New YEAR!

Jude said...

I survived the holidays! You've inspired me to seek out some chocolate molds... It's about time to learn about stuff like this :)

Nithya Praveen said...

Can I get some??? :-) Looks amazing..am sure the taste wud be gud too.

basicallybaked said...

Your candy bar looks great! I've never made a candy bar in a mold! It's fun to see something different!

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

I almost licked my computer screen when I saw that. The peanuts looks great by themselves, but the chocolate just sends them over the top.

Pearl said...

beautiful!

Dawn said...

I want those trays! Did my ADD cause me to miss where to get those perfect little trays?
You know chicklet, your photos get better and better.

Jenny said...

Looks Fantastic! I have been trying to stay away from sweets, but am having no luck! I'd love one of your yummy sweets!

Sophie said...

sweet, spicy and chocolate sounds like my kind of treat that can't be beat :); yes, combining the peanuts with chocolate was a yummmy idea :).

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Jess said...

WOW, why didnt I think of making my own candy bars! YUM that looks fantastic!!!

Suzana said...

Spicy & Sweet sounds just, just perfect! E a fotografia do chocolate a correr apetece-me mesmo lamber - o frio faz-me ficar a babar quando olho para chocolate quente, o que posso eu fazer??

Bj grande et Bon voyage!! ;)

Vera said...

It looks sinfully good, Rita!

Mobula said...

Esta tableta de chocolate se ve deliciosa y diferente... menudo toque crujiente el de las pipas..

Ana

Cupcake Queen said...

ohhh i want one!! they look amazing, im going to try it out tonight...my father in law loves peanuts and chocolate!!! he will love theseeee

Noor said...

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I want some of this so bad right now, thanks lol. You are so creative.

Ann said...

When you pouring that chocolate? Some bloggers would call that torture! And then thank you for it afterward.

So, thank you.

gine said...

oh that looks delicious delicious delicious :-)!! I'll make it as soon as possible :-)! I'm so hungry now ... lol :-) XOXO

Carrie said...

Wow, those look and sound amazing!