Thursday, December 8, 2011

Toffee Talk

The most impressive gifts to give are not the most expensive. I honestly think that a basket filled with homemade treats is almost as good as getting that diamond you have been after for awhile. While, I might be exaggerating slightly, (seriously guys get her that diamond!) Homemade toffee is just below that. It is so ridiculously easy and tasty, you will kick yourself for not making it before. People are extremely impressed when you bring them boxes of homemade toffee. This simple 5 ingredient recipe is so delicious and decadent, you will be crowned Christmas Queen or King for making it. Bag it up nicely, and give it out to co workers, and extended family. Everyone gets something yummy and you get +5 admiration from everyone.

You made this?!

2 cups butter
2 cups white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup finely chopped almonds (or try crushed candy cane, it looks so festive!)

1.) In a large heavy bottomed saucepan, combine the butter, sugar and 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, and the temperature has reached 285 degrees F (137 degrees C). Stir occasionally.
2.) While the toffee is cooking, cover a large baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
As soon as the toffee reaches the proper temperature, pour it out onto the prepared baking sheet. 

3.) Sprinkle the chocolate over the top, and let it set for a minute or two to soften. Spread the chocolate into a thin even layer once it is melted. 

4.) Sprinkle the nuts over the chocolate, and press in slightly. Putting a plastic bag over your hand will minimize the mess. 

5.) Place the toffee in the refrigerator to chill until set. Break into pieces, and store in an airtight container.

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