Sweet mbalala also known as Peanut brittle, is a delightful treat that combines the crunchiness of roasted peanuts with the sweetness of caramelized sugar.
This mouth-watering delicacy is not only a classic dessert but also a popular snack enjoyed by people of all ages.
If you’ve ever wondered how to create this irresistible treat in your own kitchen, you’ve come to the right place.
I will guide you through the process of making homemade sweet mbalala (peanut brittle) that will have your taste buds dancing with delight.
To make sweet mbalala, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- 1 cup raw peanuts (unsalted)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- Medium-sized saucepan
- Wooden spoon
- Baking sheet or greased parchment paper
- Heat-resistant spatula
Preparing the Peanuts
Start by roasting the peanuts on a pan/saucepan for about 10 minutes.
Make sure to stir them occasionally during the roasting process to prevent burning.
Once done, remove the peanuts from the oven and set them aside to cool.
Remove the skins from the peanuts by rubbing them with both your hands.
Preparing the Caramel
In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the granulated sugar and butter.
Place the saucepan over medium heat and stir the mixture continuously until the sugar has dissolved completely
Cooking the Caramel
Increase the heat to medium-high and continue to cook the caramel mixture without stirring.
Incorporating the Peanuts
Add the roasted peanuts to the caramel mixture and stir until all the peanuts are evenly coated.
Make sure to work quickly as the mixture will start to harden.
Shaping the Sweet Mbalala
Pour the caramel-coated peanuts onto a greased parchment paper or a greased baking sheet.
Use a heat-resistant spatula to spread the mixture into an even layer, about ¼ inch thick.
You can also shape it into a rectangular or square shape.
Cooling and Breaking the Sweet Mbalala
Allow it to cool and harden completely, which usually takes about 30 minutes to an hour.
Once cooled, gently break the brittle into smaller, bite-sized pieces.
If you prefer larger chunks, you can keep them as such.