Jambo! Habari gani? Jugu paak anyone?
I grew up in East Africa where Peanuts are called Njugu (pronounced Jugu). Chocolates were a rare treat when we were young so whenever we felt like a sweet treat, my sister would offer to make Jugu paak which is a bit like peanut brittle but instead of using sugar and peanuts we used to use Jaggery and peanuts so it tasted much nicer without being too brittle.
2 cups of peanuts (jugu)
1¼ cup jaggery (available in the World food section of larger Supermarkets)
2 tbls melted butter
1 tsp Olive oil for greasing the plate
1. Grease and prepare a tray ready to pour your Jugu pak into.
2. Roast the peanuts. The best way is to put them in microwave proof dish and cook them for 2-3 minutes.
3. Once cool, rub them with your hands and remove the husk. Try to resist eating them at this stage if you wish to taste the jugu paak.
4. If your jaggery is in a block form, try and slice it into smaller chunks. Add the melted butter to the jaggery and heat this in the microwave for 2 minutes, stir and cook again for 2 minutes until all the jaggery is melted. Stir and add the roasted peanuts to the hot jaggery and mix. You can also add cashew and almonds to your jugu paak if you like.
5. It starts to look and smell amazing now. Transfer it to the greased tray and spread it evenly using the back of your spoon. I garnished the peanut brittle with small chunks of sugar candy to give it a sweet crunch.
6. Make the slices whist the Peanut brittle/jugu paak is hot.
7. Once cool, you can save the peanut brittle in an air tight container to enjoy when ever you fancy a sweet.
Did you have any favourite childhood treats?