Panutsa, or also called as “Peanut Brittle” in English Dialect, is a delicacy that is a favorite in the Batangas region of Philippines. It is usually sold in stalls around Batangas and in buses for inbound or outbound trips to the province.
Panusta is very easy to prepare and to cook, even a 5 year old child can cook it. With its very simple ingredients and procedures, you will never imagine that this is a very mouth-watering treat for your family and friends.
This is my version of Panutsa (Peanut Brittle) Recipe, Enjoy!
1 cup peanuts, pealed
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tbsp. butter, softened
½ cup corn syrup
1 cup granulated white sugar
¼ cup water
¼ tsp. salt
Grease a baking tray/cookie sheet then set aside.
Heat a saucepan over medium heat, then put-in corn syrup, sugar, water, and salt then stir and bring to a boil. Add peanuts and stir.
Measure the temperature until it reaches 290 degrees Fahrenheit using a candy thermometer, lower down the heat to avoid the sugar and peanuts from being burnt.
Turn-off heat and put-in the butter and baking soda and stir thoroughly.
Pour the mixture on the greased baking tray then arrange then allow the mixture to completely cool.
Remove the mixture from the tray and cut into desired sizes.
My 2 year old grandson, Jett, has a whole list of allergies. He’s allergic to dairy, eggs, peanuts, peas, and the list goes on. His allergies keep him from enjoying many treats and we feel bad when we’re having dessert, specially ice cream which he can’t have. That’s why we are constantly looking for allergy free treats and snacks to make for him. When allergies are involved we find that homemade meals and snacks are the safest way to go, we know exactly what the ingredients are and how the food was prepared.
One of the snacks we like to make are these Fruit Filled Ice Pops. They’re not only dairy and allergy free, they’re healthy, yummy, and pretty too! They are so easy to make with fresh fruit and coconut water.
I used fresh strawberries and blackberries, but you can use pretty much any kind of fresh fruit you like. These pops are best made in the rectangular molds, the fruits tend to get stuck in star shaped molds making it difficult to remove from the molds.
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Fruit Filled Ice Pops
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2. Pour coconut water into the molds. Fill to the top. Fruit pieces may float. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
3. Insert sticks in the center of each mold. You may have to work it in between fruit pieces. Freeze for at least 6 hours. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
4. Remove from molds and enjoy.
To remove from mold run hot water on all sides of the mold, including the bottom. Pops should slip right out.
I wrap each pop in clear plastic treat bags I get from Walmart and store them in the freezer in ziplock freezer bags.
A recent routine visit to the vet resulted in finding out that our year old Siberian Husky, Cannoli, is 2-3 pounds underweight. I was surprised! The vet assured me that it wasn’t a big deal and that a daily dose of vitamins should make her pick up some weight; that and perhaps getting her to eat a little more dog food or even switching brands.
I feed all my pets grain free dry Merrick pet food, I’ve been told it’s very good. I also make pets healthy homemade treats and give them safe fruits and veggies. I’ve never had an underweight pet.
Before our recent pet exam I’d been concerned that Cannoli looked a little thin whenever I bathed her. It’s hard to tell what’s under all that fur unless she’s wet. I decided she needed to gain a bit of weight and kept her on puppy food for a while longer, puppy chow is higher in calories than adult food. I also added a bit more food to her bowl every feeding. She didn’t really eat the extra dog food, but did love her treats.
I called her breeder who advised me to add a third feeding and consider adding some wet dog food to the dry. He also suggested more yogurt, that’s what he gives his pooches when he wants to add weight before they show.
I wasn’t to crazy about adding wet food to the dry, but I did start adding low sodium chicken and beef broth to make it more appetizing. She loves it! As for the yogurt, it’s still been pretty hot here so I thought I’d make the yogurt into frozen treats, she does love her treats.
I came up with these super easy frozen treats containing her two most favorite ingredients, yogurt and coconut water. These treats will not only add some weight, hopefully, but also keep her hydrated, specially after our daily 3 mile walks. Hydration for a Husky in warm climates has always been one of my concerns. She just loves these treats!
Here’s what you need to make them:
1 large container Plain Greek Yogurt
Pure Coconut water
Freezer Molds – I use styrofoam cups, I find it easy to store them in the cups and peel them away when I’m going to give them to her. But you can use ice cube trays, popsicle molds, and other freezer safe containers.
1. Scoop the desired amount of yogurt into the mold.
2. Pour coconut water on top of the yogurt to cover it.
I know the weather is cooling off in most places but for us in Hawaii it’s still pretty hot, and it’s also raining, a lot. As a result of the rain our yard has gotten very muddy, and there’s nothing our Siberian Husky likes more than to roll in the mud!
In an effort to keep Cannoli hydrated and busy I made her these frozen dog treats, they combine the coconut water that’s very good for keeping her hydrated with her favorite chicken jerky that keeps her busy and out of the mud for a little while.
I make them in styrofoam cups for easy storage and unmolding. But you can freeze them in whatever container you prefer and also make them in any size. You use paper cups or plastic molds if you prefer. Or if you really want to be eco-friendly you can use silicone molds. These molds come in many shapes and sizes. They are easy to unmold and clean up quickly.
Store unmolded treats in freezer shape ziplock bags to avoid freezer burn. These treats will keep in the freezer for about 6 months.
They are so easy to make and really great for your furry friends.
Ingredients: (makes 8 treats)
3-4 jerky treats
4 cups pure coconut water
1. Tear up jerky treats and distribute them in your molds.
2. Poor coconut water into molds to desired level.
I had made a variety of popsicles for my grandsons’ visit this summer, they loved them but weren’t able to finish them all. Now that summer is over and my grandsons have gone home I’m left with some of those popsicles.
It’s still unusually hot here, I’ve been told that this summer has unseasonably hot even in Hawaii. To keep my Siberian Husky, Cannoli, cool and happy this summer I’ve been making her frozen doggie treats. So I looked at the left over popsicles and wondered if I could give some to Cannoli. The popsicles for the boys of course had wooden sticks, I knew that couldn’t be good for the dog, she’d chew them up, but what about the popsicle itself.
I decided to see if dogs could have coconut water, the main ingredient in my Fruit Filled Ice Pops. I know that coconut water is beneficial to us humans, but what about our pets. I did what most of us do when we have a question, I googled it! Low and behold, not only could Cannoli have coconut water, it’s actually good for her! Coconut water is filled with electrolytes, vitamins, and minerals. It’s great for hydration and when you take a Husky out for a walk in 90 degree weather you need to be sure she is well hydrated. So I dug out the wooden stick and tossed one of the pops to Cannoli. She loved it so much that I decided to make some just for her, the same pops sans wooden stick.
I made them in the popsicle molds this time, probably not the smartest idea, popsicles without sticks aren’t easy to remove from the molds. I had to run water on all sides before it slipped out. Next time I’m making it in styrofoam coffee cups I usually use for frozen dog treats. But still it’s really simple to make and your fur ball will love it too.
Fresh Berries (optional)
Cut berries to fit into molds (if you’re putting in berries)
Fill molds with coconut water (fruit will float)
Freeze for at least 6 hours
Remove from mold and toss them to your pups on a hot day or after a long walk. Your furry friend will appreciate it!