English Toffee

Author: Canadian Living

This yummy chocolate- and nut-covered candy is relatively easy to make and incredibly delicious. Make sure to hold back a couple of shards for yourself!

  • Portion size 625 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Livng Holiday Cookbook: Fall 2009

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups whole unblanched almonds
  • 2/3 cups unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 5 oz bittersweet chocolate finely chopped

Method

On baking sheet, toast almonds in 350°F (180°C) oven until golden and fragrant, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool; chop.

Spread 1/2 cup (125 mL) of the almonds in parchment paper–lined 13- x 9-inch (3.5 L) metal cake pan. Set aside.

In heavy 12-cup (3 L) saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in sugar, water, corn syrup and salt. Bring to boil; boil, without stirring but brushing down side of pan with pastry brush dipped in cold water, for 7 minutes.

Continue cooking, stirring occasionally as colour deepens, until candy thermometer reaches hard-crack stage of 300 to 309°F (149 to 154°C), or when small amount of hot syrup dropped into cold water forms separate hard brittle threads, about 3 minutes.

Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Immediately pour over almonds in pan, spreading with greased spatula almost to edges. Let cool slightly, but still hot, about 2 minutes.

Sprinkle with chocolate and let stand until melted, about 2 minutes; spread chocolate evenly. Sprinkle with remaining almonds.

Refrigerate toffee until firm, about 1 hour. Using small mallet or hammer, or tip of butter knife, break into shards. (Make-ahead: Store toffee layered between waxed paper in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.)

Nutritional facts Per 1 oz (30 g): about

  • Sodium 59 mg
  • Protein 2 g
  • Calories 180.0
  • Total fat 11 g
  • Potassium 41 mg
  • Cholesterol 16 mg
  • Saturated fat 6 g
  • Total carbohydrate 19 g

%RDI

  • Iron 4.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 1.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 2.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 5.0
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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