Thursday, December 8, 2011

Best Toffee Ever

My sister is an amazing cook. She usually takes to the Filet Mignon and prime rib and leaves me with the side dishes and desert but this recipe is a tradition for her every Christmas time. Its a family recipe that she has down to a T. Co-workers lovingly nicknamed this crunchy caramely goodness "crack". Try it.. you'll be addicted.. don't say I didn't warn you....

Best Toffee Ever - "Crack"
2 cups butter
2 cups white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 T. water
1 t. almond or vanilla extract ( I prefer almond)
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup finely chopped almonds or pecans.

1. Before preparing toffee I grind up small 1 c. finely chopped almonds or pecans. Also grind in blender 1 cup choc chips (use the mini semi sweet, they break up better). First sprinkle large flat cookie sheet with ground nuts, then over that sprinkle ground chocolate.
1.In a large heavy bottomed saucepan, combine the butter, sugar water, 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 (color of brown paper bag), as soon as the toffee turns this color (happens fast) add extract, continue stirring and remove from heat.
3. Pour it out onto the prepared baking sheet (toffee recipe will fill half of cookie sheet so I plan on making two batches to fill full cookie sheet). Immediately rinse out pan with hot water while you let toffee stand for 1 minute, then sprinkle on remaining choc chips. When shiny spread over toffee with knife and sprinkle on remaining nuts.
4. Finish cleaning out saucepan and repeat steps 2-3.
5.Place the toffee in the refrigerator (or outside on your deck like I do) to chill until set. Break into pieces, and store in an airtight container. (ziploc bags work fine). Enjoy!