english toffee

20 Dec

I baked for 6 hours straight yesterday.  I am slightly worried that I ran my oven too long.  My new oven fan sure did get a breaking in!  Plus I need a calculator to add up all my Weight Watcher Points from the samples I ate.  Peppermint brownies, pina colada biscotti, lower-fat lemon squares, almond butter chocolate chip cookies, sea salt caramels and english toffee.  I’m more sore from baking than I am from my Pilates session that I took earlier in the day!

All in all, a great day.  Wonderful smells from the kitchen, Christmas carols in the living room, and the movie “Elf” on a seemingly never-ending loop in the family room.  Nothing says Christmas like Will Ferrell in tights.

My 13-year-old son helped me make this english toffee.  I had never made it before, but have wanted to make it ever since a friend dropped off some recently as a present. My kids devoured it and have talked about it nonstop since.  It was super easy!  I did the stirring of the molten sugar for my son, just to be safe.

English Toffee

  • 1 cup salted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup almonds, toasted and finely chopped

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Melt butter, sugar, 2 teaspoons cold water, and salt together on low heat in a saucepan.  Once the sugar is melted, turn heat to medium and stir constantly until the color starts to deepen in color and the temperature on a candy thermometer reads between 300-310 degrees.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

Quickly pour onto parchment lined pan and spread it out with a spatula.

Sprinkle chocolate chips onto the top and let them sit for 1-2 minutes until they begin to melt.  Spread melted chocolate out evenly on top of the toffee.  Sprinkle chopped almonds on top and let toffee cool.  Break into pieces.

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1 Comment

Posted by on December 20, 2011 in desserts



One response to “english toffee

  1. Leigh

    December 29, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Just made my third batch for gifts and a little for us…delicious!


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