Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Easy English Toffee

This is a great toffee that literally comes together in minutes and doesn't require a thermometer-gotta love that! The recipe comes from Bloggy Buddy Joni's Grandma and I'm so glad she shared it. I've made this for Christmas the last couple years and it is truly a keeper. Best of all there's still time to whip up a batch for New Year's Eve... The diets don't start until Tuesday:@)

Utahna's Engilsh Toffee-from Red Couch Recipes
1 C butter, cut into pieces
1 C sugar
3 Tblsp water
1 C toasted pecans-I use almonds
Chocolate chips-optional-milk chocolate or I use semi-sweet
  1. Toast nuts, 350 degrees for a maybe 10 minutes, or as soon as you smell them remove them from the oven.
  2. Place nuts in the bottom of an 8x8 Pyrex pan (I use a silicone liner on a quarter sheet pan).
  3. Add butter, sugar and water to a medium heavy sauce pan (I use my 10" enameled cast iron skillet).
  4. Over medium/high heat, stirring constantly, bring mixture to a boil-it will look fluffy and bubbly. Cook until it turns a pretty amber/light caramel color, approximately 7-8 minutes.
  5. Pour over nuts distributing evenly.
  6. If adding chocolate let the candy cool for 7 minutes, then sprinkle the top with the chips. Let them sit for a couple minutes to soften, then spread them over the top of the toffee (an offset spatula works well).
  7. Allow to cool completely-several hours. Break into pieces and enjoy!
Tips:
  • If you're fond of that great toffee with the almonds and almond dust on the top, simply send your nuts through the food processor and pour them onto the melted chocolate (and press them in a bit) instead of adding them to the bottom.
  • Joni has some other great tips and advice so please stop by to see what else she has to say about this old time family favorite HERE.
  • Note to self: A non-stick skillet works well too and set the timer for 8 minutes and stove dial between 6-7.
Have a happy day:@)

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20 comments:

  1. Yum! We've been eating toffee and fudge and German chocolate cake and ............Oink, OInk!
    Love Joni's Red Couch Recipes! ~ Sarah

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  2. I've always wanted to try Joni's family toffee recipe and I'm so glad that you gave it high marks. Maybe I'll make some for Valentine"s treats. I love when bloggers share the love of special recipes.

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  3. yowser!...I've eat for two days stuffed like a pig and could eat 2lbs of this.

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  4. I am adding this to my candy recipes. It looks so easy and good.

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  5. Yum, I am the ultimate English toffee lover, this sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing this simple recipe!

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  6. I have to say that I wish I had know this easy recipe before I made all my other chocolates - this was an easy way! Looks great. I pinned it.

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  7. I made toffee just like this, only no water, from a recipe on Pinterest. It was a little grainy. But I packaged it up and out it went ha ha. Tasted good though. xo

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  8. A bleated Merry Christmas to you my friend! xo

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  9. Maybe even I could do this one. No candy thermometer here.

    Lovely toffee Lynn.
    Sam

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  10. Thanks for the recipe, Lynn. I made toffee for the first time ever this Christmas and it scorched on the bottom of the pan, despite me cooking it over low-medium heat, stirring constantly, and cooking to the soft crack stage as the recipe said to. I wonder if I actually did cook it too long. Or perhaps I should have used a heavier pan. Or, maybe just chuck that recipe and use yours next time! Lynn, hope 2013 brings you much joy, peace, faith, hope, love, and good health! ~ Beth

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  11. I don't eat a lot of sweets, but I would never be able to resist this one. I hope you have a very Happy New Year, Lynn.

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  12. Almond toffee is one of my favorites! It's one treat I resisted making this year because I would eat it all myself :)

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  13. Sounds lovely Lynn. Happy you had a good Christmas:}

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  14. Love it Lynn! My MIL used to make toffee but with a candy thermometer. Amen to dieting on Tuesday...thank heavens only Santa has been watching and not Dr. Oz :)

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  15. Yum. Makes me wish I had teeth that could stand up to toffee. Sadly, have to get my toffee fixes in coffee creamer form.

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  16. Thank you for sharing too...have a wonderful last 2012 weekend, xoxoxo Flavia

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  17. Another easy to prepare recipe. It so so much easier to make candy when you don't have to use a candy thermometer.

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  18. Hi Lynn,
    Thanks for sharing all your wonderful recipes with Full Plate Thursday in 2012. Wishing you and your family the very best in 2013.
    Happy New Year!
    Miz Helen

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  19. I love toffee, and this looks delicious! Joni is such a dear lady!

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