Mexican Style Candy Peanut Bars (Palanquetas de Cacahuate)

When it comes to sweets, mexican cuisine has a very wide variety of candies, developed over centuries of creativity. In Mexico, like everywhere else kids are introduced early on to candy, but unlike everywhere else the candies in this country are quite unique and if you spend some time reading this section of the site you will surely agree with me. Now to please the Adults, the approach is different when compared to the rest of the western world: desserts are not quite given as much emphasis, as so much effort is given to the actual main dish or "plato fuerte". This is not to say that there are no mexican desserts, just less of an emphasis on them. So here is an absolutely delicious recipe for a mexican candy, taking advantage of ingredients grown and made in Mexico...

Recipe for the Palanquetas de Cacahuate:

Ingredients for 4 people:

* 1/3 cup honey
* 1 pinch sea salt
* 1 tablespoon butter (unsalted)
* 2 teaspoons water
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1 cup shelled peanuts (unsalted, roasted)
* 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (roasted)
* 1 teaspoon sesame seeds (toasted)
* 1 cup piloncillo or brown sugar


1) If they are not roasted already, carefully roast the peanuts and the pumpkin seeds in the oven; separately toast the sesame seeds.

2) Pour the honey, salt, butter, sugar and water in small saucepan and bring to a boil.

3) Mix in the toasted peanuts, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds.

4) Cook this mixture over medium heat until the syrup of honey brown medium acquires an amber color. Pour in the vanilla extract and mix well.

5) Empty the cooked honey and nuts mixture into a pastry tray lightly greased 12 pieces and let the bars cool down until they reach room temperature; they will harden and become like candy. Another option also is to pour the mixture on a greased metal cookie baking sheet, let the bars cool down to room temperature, and then divide in 12 pieces.

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