English toffee is a delicious treat that is actually very easy to make at home. Although many people avoid making candy at home because they believe it will be difficult to make correctly, toffee has room for variations, making it an easy candy to make at home. In fact, making toffee only takes about half an hour.
Ingredients and equipment:
- 2 cups salted butter
- 2 cups sugar
- a 12-ounce package of chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 sliced almonds (can substitute other nuts, or omit if necessary)
- Greased baking pan
- Saucepan that holds about 6 quarts
- Candy thermometer, which can be bought at the grocery store.
Because making toffee doesn't require a lot of specialized equipment, it is a good candy to make for beginners. While you may be able to make English toffee without a candy thermometer, it is a lot easier to use one, especially if it's your first time making toffee.
Cook the toffee. In the saucepan, cook the butter and sugar over medium heat until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved in it. Stir it for about 20 minutes longer, and the mixture will turn into a medium brown color. Once it's heated to just less than 300 degrees Fahrenheit, the toffee mixture will be done cooking and you should remove it from the heat.
Add chocolate and almonds. Once it's done cooking, pour the toffee mixture into the baking pan, spreading it evenly. Let the toffee cool for 10 minutes. Now, scatter the chocolate chips over the toffee, using the heat of the toffee to melt them. Spread the melted chocolate evenly over the toffee, and then sprinkle the almonds over the chocolate. You may want to lightly press the nuts with the back of a spoon to make sure that they stick to the chocolate. While you can make plain toffee without the layers of chocolate and almonds, they create an interesting mix of flavors and are very easy additions to the recipe.
Cooling the Toffee: Now, place your baking pan of toffee in the fridge for half an hour to fully cool. This will help everything stick together properly. Now, score it with a knife and break it into pieces. Because toffee is so hard, don’t expect it to break into even squares.
Serving&Storage: Toffee should be stored in an airtight container, between layers of wax paper. If stored in the fridge, it will be easier to eat because the chocolate will not be so soft.
Making English toffee is an easy way to impress your friends and family. It also makes a great holiday gift. Homemade candy is quite impressive, yet it's actually easy to make. It is a very rich treat, so a little goes a long ways.