Thursday, January 24, 2013

English Toffee - It's Easier Than You Think

My daughter recently discovered Heath Bars and totally loves them.  They are definitely one of her favorite candy bars.  Knowing this, we made some homemade english toffee and she TOTALLY loved it.   I love how extremely easy it is to make.

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I thought I'd share our toffee recipe with you.  I realize it's not a traditional Valentine's treat but if your sweetie loves heath bars, why not whip up a batch of these goodies for them this February.

English Toffee


Ingredients:
2 cups butter
2 cups sugar
1 Tbsp white corn syrup
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup chocolate chips (optional)
1 cup chopped almonds (optional)
Spray oil or extra butter

Directions:
Prepare a 15 x 13 pan with spray oil or butter and set aside.  (I lined mine with parchment paper and then sprayed the paper with oil).

Place the first 4 ingredients in a heavy pot (butter, sugar, corn syrup and salt).

Cook, stirring constantly, on medium high heat until it reaches 295 degrees F on a candy thermometer.

This is a picture of how your toffee will look when it first begins to heat up. See how the butter floats on top?

After a few minutes, 

And here is what it will look like when it reaches 295 degrees F. Turn off the heat and pour the mixture on your prepared 15 x 13 pan. Working quickly, spread the toffee mixture so that it is about 1/4" thick.  If desired, sprinkle chocolate chips (the heat from the toffee will melt them) and spread the melted chips over the toffee.  If you would like to add almonds, sprinkle them on the chocolate before it sets up. 

Once the toffee has cooled and the chocolate has set, break it up into pieces.  Enjoy!

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