You need to try my English toffee. If I had any idea how easy it was to make, I would have been making it all these years instead of buying it.
I found this English Toffee recipe in The Idea Room. I love English Toffee, or sometimes it is called Almond Buttercrunch. It is my grandmother’s favorite also.
Make sure you have a thermometer for this recipe. Even though it is very easy to make, it must be babysat. It goes from just perfect to burnt in less than 5 seconds, and watching the temperature carefully is mandatory.
After trying this recipe, I can guarantee you will never buy it again in a store. The only issue is that it will never last long in your house as it is unbelievably good. You may have to make some regularly!
English Toffee Ingredients //
- 1 cup chopped toasted almonds
- 1 cup butter
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 Tablespoon light corn syrup
- 3 Tablespoons water
- 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
How to Make // The Steps
Step 1: Line a baking sheet (make sure that it has sides) with tin foil and sprinkle half of the toasted almonds on the foil.
Step 2: In a heavy saucepan, add butter, salt, sugar, corn syrup, and water. Cook over medium-high heat.
Step 3: Cook the mixture until it reaches 290 degrees using a candy thermometer, it is the soft crack stage. Be really careful at this step, at 280 it goes really fast and can burn in mere seconds.
Step 4: Pour the mixture immediately over the almonds. Let stand for 5 minutes, until it is firm and still hot.
Step 5: Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the toffee. Let’s stand for a minute or two.
Step 6: Spread the chocolate over the top of the toffee and sprinkle with the remaining nuts. Chill until it hardens completely.
What is the best chocolate to use? I use semi-sweet chocolate to balance the sweetness of the toffee but feel free to use milk or even white chocolate.
Can you use other nuts instead of almonds? You can use any nut you want. For example, I tried it a few weeks back with pecan nuts and it worked very well; the subtle flavor of the pecan worked like a beauty with the chocolate. I am also planning to try pistachio.
How to Store Toffee //
I told you above that my homemade English Toffee doesn’t last very long at home so I never have to store it for more than a few days. I usually put it in an airtight container at room temperature and it lasts up to two weeks.
Alternatively, you can keep it for up to 3 months in the freezer. Just take it out from the freezer a few hours before eating it.