Wednesday, December 24, 2008


This is a perennial Christmas treat at our house, and hopefully an appreciated gift for our family and friends. The recipe is simple but it does take about a half an hour of stirring....well worth it.

Toffee with nuts

1 lb. butter
2 cups sugar
chocolate chips or other chocolate...melted
finely chopped nuts...walnuts, pecans or almonds

We didn't use organic butter for this recipe, it's rather expensive (and we make a lot of toffee) plus I'm fairly certain this can't be considered a health food either way. Melt butter over medium heat in a large pan....actually one with higher sides than I used is preferred to keep butter from splattering...add sugar.

Stirring pretty much constantly is suggested, tho more important towards the end than at the beginning. The toffee will burn if not kept moving.

Somewhere in the process the butter kind of weirdly separates and stays that way until just before the toffee is finished cooking.

I don't have a candy thermometer but it's pretty obvious when it comes back together and has changed color to a nice golden brown....

...and dropped into a glass of water hardens to a hard/crunchy consistency.

Pour toffee onto a greased cookie sheet (oil spray) and after a few minutes the candy can be scored with a sharp knife so it will break easier after cooling, but this step can be skipped.

Spread with melted chocolate.....

...and add nuts.

All wrapped up and ready to go!


Jeano said...

It was (is) so yummy!! The whole family enjoyed some today!
Jim and I loved your salad the other day, too!!! Thank you!

Julie said...

Yum! I think I'll try this. Hope you had a Merry Christmas! :)

Nancy Winningham said...

I've never had it happen before, but my butter kept separating and not coming back together this year. One batch turned out ok and the other was just va greasy mess :-(