Although the holidays are over I thought I'd post one of my favorite family recipes for English Toffee. This is something I make only at the holidays and everyone looks forward to it.
Here's the recipe for this delicious treat, sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.
1 lb of butter (2 sticks)
1 cup of white sugar
3 tablespoons of water
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 bag of chocolate chips (light or dark)
1 cup of chopped nuts, I used a mixture of nuts
¼ cup of nuts finely chopped
You will need a candy thermometer for this recipe. Make sure you have everything prepared before you begin as you will have to act quickly once the toffee comes to temperature.
Using a medium size sturdy saucepan melt the butter, sugar, and water on medium heat stirring slowly, don’t melt too fast as this can cause the butter to separate.
Clip your candy thermometer to the side of the pot and continue to stir the mixture until it reaches 300O degrees, this will take 20 minutes or so. Remove from the heat and quickly stir in the vanilla, then the nuts.
Pour mixture onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and spread out to desired thickness.
Take the bag of chocolate chips and sprinkle on top of the toffee mixture then place another cookie sheet on top, make sure it’s not touching the chocolate. After 5 minutes remove the cookie sheet and the chocolate should be very soft and melted, spread evenly over the toffee and sprinkle the finely chopped nuts on top.
Place in the fridge to cool for at least 3 or 4 hours, longer is better. Once the toffee and chocolate have hardened you can break it into bite size pieces.