Beaux R'eves

Friday, December 21, 2012

Easy English Toffee~It's Addicting!

It's feeling a lot more like Christmas around here now that we have a little snow!  I've been busy shopping, wrapping and making homemade treats for friends and family 
(and some for us too!).
One of the things I made this year is my sister's wonderful English Toffee.  She keeps her secret recipe quite guarded but she allowed me to share it with all of you.  
I don't usually share recipes on my blog 
so bear with me and I hope I get all the information correct!  In my opinion the reason this English Toffee is soooooo delicious is the Dark Corn Syrup.  
I have tried other recipes and they don't even come close!

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup dark corn syrup
1 cup butter
1 cup chocolate chips (I like Ghirardelli for this recipe)
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Line a cookie sheet with Parchment paper 
Melt butter in a 2qt. sauce pan and add sugar and corn syrup.  
Cook over a low heat stirring occasionally, but keep a close eye on it, stirring is very important.  
It will take about 25-30 minutes to cook.
Using a candy thermometer is key!  
It will look like this when it is almost ready.  
Keep stirring until it reaches a 300 degrees or a Hard Crack (we call it the crack cocaine stage because everyone is standing around waiting for it to get done like addicts)
Quickly pour it onto the parchment paper and spread with a wooden spoon.  
It will look blobby and uneven.  
Sprinkle the chocolate chips onto the toffee.  
Wait 4-5 minutes and spread it around with a rubber spatula.  Sprinkle the nuts onto the melted chocolate and I like to push them in a little to make sure they are set in there.
Wait until it is firmly set, about two hours, and break apart into smallish chunks.  
This is far and away the best gift to give to friends, family and co-workers.  
I have already made at least 6 batches and given it away to people in Mr. Beaux's office and some friends. 

The reviews have been Stellar!  

Thank you Candi for letting me share this recipe!  
And Thank You Miss Beaux for being my loyal assistant and taking pictures! 

Until Next Time,
Beaux R'eves
XO Cindy

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Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I love toffee. I have never made it. That looks so good. Have a very Merry Christmas!

NanaDiana said...

I haven't made toffee in a long time because the recipes I have tried have not been very good ones. I am going to copy this recipe and I will try making it ONE MORE TIME before I vow to never try another recipe. This better be good-lol- I'll let you know- xo Diana

Maureen Wyatt said...

Oh, yum!!!

Blondie's Journal said...

This loks delicious, Cindy! I just tried my hand at making candy last Christmas and I love it. Definitely trying this!!


Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss said...

Oh! My! Gosh! On the spur of the moment, I decided to make this recipe yesterday and it is WONDERFUL! I had everything on hand except a candy thermometer but decided to attempt it anyway. Since I had just made candied apples at Halloween (without a thermometer), I kinda knew what it should look like when the toffee reached "hard crack" stage but nevertheless I decided to just half the ingredients in case it failed without the thermometer. Needless to say, it came out fantastic! I know I will definitely be making the FULL recipe again and again (and I will buy a candy thermometer after the holidays to eliminate the guesswork in the future). A huge thank you to you and your sister for sharing such an easy but delicious recipe!

P.S. Disregard the message I left for you over at HomeTalk about not being able to leave a comment here. It has taken me 24 hours to figure out the problem, but obviously I can now comment! :)

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