Thursday, December 11, 2008

Homemade English Toffee

Prudence Pennywise is doing a wonderful series on Christmas around the world. The first installment is English Toffee. Yummy, the best part an 8x8 inch pan is estimated at costing $3.50. Not bad!
Here is her recipe:
English Toffee

Estimated Cost for an 8 by 8 inch pan: $3.50
1/2 cup butter (4 ounces, or one stick)
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 or 3 ounces semisweet, dark, or milk chocolate
2-4 tablespoons sliced almonds, or other nuts
Lightly coat an 8 by 8 inch pan with cooking spray. Melt butter in medium saucepan over low heat. Add sugar and water and stir constantly until butter is melted and sugar is completely dissolved and no longer grainy (about 10 minutes). If sugar granules stick to the side, wipe them down with a wet pastry brush. When sugar is completely dissolved, turn the heat up to medium and stir constantly until toffee becomes a medium caramel color. (I don't use a candy thermometer, but just go by the look and smell. Ruth recommends waiting till the toffee gives a puff of smoke. I did that yesterday and it worked like a charm.) Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour toffee into prepared pan. Wait 7 minutes. Sprinkle toffee with chocolate and let stand a few minutes. Smooth chocolate with spatula and sprinkle with nuts. Wait until chocolate cools to break into pieces.


Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Oh, my. There are few things I love more than English toffee, and this sounds delicious! Thanks for the recipe. That would make a good Christmas gift for teachers, etc. -Julia :-)

Angelena said...

Thanks for visiting Julia. I knew the minute I seen this recipe I would have to give it a try this season.

The Old Dairy said...

I will making english toffee this week end.
Has Bear came home yet????

More than Survival said...

Going to try it today!!! Thank you!

Gill - That British Woman said...

As you know I am English but would never make toffee with nuts or chocolate.......funny eh!!!!

I haven't made any candy this year....yet!!!

Gill in Canada