Monday, December 8, 2008

Toffee 101

Pamela’s Christmas Toffee

1 cup of butter
½-cup brown sugar
½ cup of white sugar
1/2 cup of your favorite nuts
1/2 package of chocolate chips

Prep: On the bottom of a 9x13-glass pan, spread a light coat of butter and ¼ cup
your favorite nuts. Also, have a small bowl of ice water ready to test your toffee.

The toffee recipe needs constant attention and stirring for about 10 minutes. In a
heavy saucepan, add butter and sugars and melt on high heat. Once the butter and
sugars have melted and started to boil, the toffee will go through 4 stages.

Stage 1: butter and sugars are melted, but not mixed. Keep stirring.
Stage 2: Butter and sugars are mixed and start to cook. Keep stirring.
Stage 3: Butter and sugars are bubbling. Keep stirring.
Stage 4: Butter and sugars change color, slightly (from light tan to dark tan) toffee
looks almost like taffy, it becomes smooth not bubbly. Keep stirring and start to
test for hard crack.

Hard Crack: Hard crack is when you take a small piece of toffee and when it hits
ice-cold water, it sizzles. This is when the toffee is done!

Pour toffee evenly into buttered 9x13 pan, do not spread or stir, just pour
directly from saucepan. Sprinkle with your favorite chocolate chips on top,
the hot toffee will melt the chips in a few minutes. With a spatula, spread the
melted chips over the toffee and sprinkle with your favorite nuts.

Allow toffee to completely cool, break apart with a knife and enjoy!


Marie {Make and Takes} said...

Yay! Thanks for the recipe. I'll be making some this week.

jenney said...

Yum! I will be making some of this!!!

Amester26 said...

Oh... this is dangerous.... I intend to make this for my office holiday "gift"... we'll see if it lasts through the night...

. said...

Hello - I am going to make your toffee recipe today and was wondering...when you say CUBES of butter, are you talking about a 1/2 cup stick of butter? So a total of 1 cup of butter for this recipe?
Thank you,

Mickey said...

2 cubes of butter?

Cindy said...

What do we do with the cubes of butter, it says OR 1 c. butter????

That is confusing. Also, do you ever use a candy thermometer to get it to hard crack? I never did get the thing with the water. Also, when listing the ingredients, it would help to have all of them listed, like the nuts and the choc. chips. I am going to try this, thank you for sharing.

Deborah W said...

This looks absolutely awesome; thx!!! Can't wait to try it. Deborah @ Webajeb

Tamara said...

I totally made this last night and it was AMAZING!!! thank you soooo much for the recipe!

Pamela said...

I have had a few people send me emails with questions about the toffee. I responded to them individually but thought I would post my responses for everyone else.

The reciepe calls for 1 cup of butter which also equals 2 cubes or sticks of butter. I do not use a thermometer because that is not the way I learned, but you could cook the toffee until the soft crack stage on your thermometer and that would probably be the perfect temp. Also, I store my toffee in an airtight container (tupperware)or put into goody bags to deliver to friends. Good Luck!

Susan Brady said...

I have been looking for a good toffee recipe, thanks for sharing.

Jenny said...

this was soooo good, and so easy! i'm making more today. :) thanks!

Cristie said...

Toffee and Christmas just go together! It looks beautiful.

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