English Toffee

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I don’t remember the first time I tried English Toffee…and not because it wasn’t memorable. My very poor memory fails me all the time. I am sure, however that time stood still, a fairytale was in-the-making real-time, and there were fireworks. Lots of fireworks. Without a doubt, toffee is my all-time favorite Christmas goodie. There’s just nothing that can compare.

I love that super hard crack with the smooth chocolate and pecan topping. I love that it gets stuck in your teeth for later to enjoy over and over again (don’t think too much on that…it’s a little gross and a lot delicious).

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It took me until last year to attempt English Toffee for the first time. I had staved off the need to create one of the most calorie-dense sweets known to man for as long as possible. My strong-willed self, particularly when it comes to all things culinary, felt it necessary to take on toffee.

With candy thermometer in hand, I swiftly ruined 2 batches of toffee and subsequently, pounds of butter and sugar went straight into the trash. I needed patience to master my skill, and I attempted yet again.

I finally found success and knew that from that point forward, toffee would always be a Christmas tradition.

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While I learned a lot last year, apparently my patience is yet to be improved upon. Batch #1 of toffee this year went straight into the trash as the butter and sugar separated. I tried again, with a bit more patience and a true “medium” flame. I stirred enough…but not too much. I babysat the toffee just a bit, not getting caught up in Facebook pursuing this time.

Toffee success.

Naturally, I made a second batch. One, to prove mastery (for another year to only be forgotten) and two, to fill the many tins of goodies that go to family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors. This stuff is mmm mmmm MMMM good! Approved by all who sampled!

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English Toffee adapted from All Recipes and Completely Delicious

4 sticks (2 cups) unsalted butter
2 cups white sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped

Directions:

In a large heavy bottomed saucepan, combine the butter, sugar, and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring until the butter is melted. Allow to come to a boil, and cook until the mixture becomes a dark amber color, and the temperature has reached 285 degrees F (137 degrees C). Stir occasionally.

While the toffee is cooking, cover a large baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.

As soon as the toffee reaches the proper temperature, pour it out onto the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle the chocolate over the top, and let it set for a minute or two to soften. Spread the chocolate into a thin even layer once it is melted. Sprinkle the nuts over the chocolate.

Place the toffee in the refrigerator to chill until set. Break into pieces, and store in an airtight container. Yield: 32 ounces (32 one-ounce servings – about 2 pieces per ounce).

Nutrition Information (per serving): 227 calories; 16.3 g. fat; 0 mg. cholesterol; 18 mg. sodium; 21.3 g. carbohydrate; 0.15 g. fiber; 0.15 g. protein

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  That concludes 7 days of sugar (and 7 sweet recipes)…now, get to baking!

Holiday celebration #1 today! 😀

Happy holidays,

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8 Comments

  1. Jenn
    December 22, 2012 / 9:52 am

    My favorite Christmas goodie! Do you think it would work with raw sugar as well? Or is there something about the white sugar in the recipe?

  2. STH
    December 22, 2012 / 6:54 pm

    Oh boy! I’ll save this for a time when I can make it and give most of it away. For now, we’re enjoying (in moderation, mostly) the dark chocolate assortment we got as a gift. That’s quite enough sweets for now!

  3. December 23, 2012 / 9:39 am

    This looks so good! I love love love toffee, but I’ve never tried it at home. Your version looks wonderful!

  4. December 24, 2012 / 1:37 am

    I used to be addicted to daim chocolate bars when I was younger. This would be like making them at home!

  5. December 24, 2012 / 12:33 pm

    my boyfriend brought some toffee crunch from work and i absolutely was in love with it. Even though its such a calorie dense thing, I loved every single bite, every tiny pieces that got stuck between my teeth- so worth it.
    Bravo for not giving up on toffee making because i get frustrated easily when there is kitchen disaster. Happy Holidays!

  6. Michella
    December 15, 2014 / 9:59 pm

    This recipe is an awesome recipe. Sounds like a wonderful candy recipe that can be made! Did a’ homemade candy hit the spot?? I know for me this recipe has always hit the spot!!

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