Thursday, May 6, 2010

Cooking: Toffee @ Home

Another thing I love to do besides making quilts is to cook.  Truth be known, I like it even more than quilting...well at least on most occasions.

Before kids I would spend a lot of time in the kitchen experimenting and trying out different recipes.  I still try to sneak in some time to experiment no and then but most meals I make these days are simpler and more kid friendly. I love making just about everything.  Though one thing that I have never experimented on were candies.  I have a sweet tooth, and a pretty bid one, but usually I bake pastries.  So when my sister send me this recipe she found on  I was a little hesitant.  It was of toffee.  A candy.  A food that didn't seem all that kid friendly.  And the thought of making toffee seemed incredibly difficult.

But with some reassurance from my sister and after reading the title "Best Toffee Ever- Super Easy", I went ahead and tried the recipe:

  • 2 cups butter
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup finely chopped almonds


  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.
  3. As soon as the toffee reaches the proper temperature, pour it out onto the prepared baking sheet. 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. Sprinkle the nuts over the chocolate, and press in slightly. Putting a plastic bag over your hand will minimize the mess.
  4. Place the toffee in the refrigerator to chill until set. Break into pieces, and store in an airtight container. 
The results?  Very awesome, super easy, kid friendly, toffee:

Kid tested and approved:

I decided to start up another blog to keep track of my other love: food @
Trust me my kitchen is MESSY and HAPPY :).  Haha mostly the first one. 

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