Sunday, November 15, 2009

Sweet Melissa Sunday - Butter Toffee Crunch


This week's SMS recipe was chosen by Kaitlin  of Kait's Plate, and it's a great choice for this time of year. I personally make or bake something for all 27 of my cleaning customers. Sometimes its mini pumpkin chocolate chip loaves, sometimes I make cake truffles. Last year I made peanut butter balls. It usually takes some time and I spread it out over the month of December, baking or making something almost every night for the next day's customers. But, it's a labor of love and my way of saying thank you for their continued business. I can see using this recipe for Christmas gifts this year.


This was not too difficult to put together. You do need a thermometer for checking the temperature of the toffee as it cooks, but other than that it was pretty simple. I cut the recipe in half, and a good thing I did as I was almost a 1/2 of a cup short of light brown sugar. I subbed dark brown for that little bit, and it may have made a difference. The toffee seemed very dark, even though so little dark brown sugar was used.


But, it turned out great. I have only tried a tiny piece but it was crunchy and chocolaty and delicious. Oh, I also used bitter sweet chocolate chips as that is all I had on hand (need to make a run to the store to restock) but I think the bitter sweet is actually a nice contrast to the sweetness of the toffee. And, the chopped almond give just the right nuttiness to the candy.


So, thanks Kaitlin for choosing such a great recipe. This will not only make great gifts, but I can see using it in recipes (thinking cakes) to add a little something extra, a little something special. If you would like to see what the other bakers thought, head over to SMS.

8 comments:

  1. Wow perfect..I think you have the art of candy making down. I don't make candy much and my candy thermometer would not budge from 170*. I took the toffee off the burner in fear it would burn. Well Im pretty sure it was to early because the toffee was like caramel. It tasted good though and a trip to the freezer hardened it right up!

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  2. Nice job - that is some gorgeous candy! :) I'm not a toffee fan, but my taste tester enjoyed this one and basically agreed with your review entirely. I enjoyed the process of making it - it was a lot of fun!

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  3. I loved this toffee, too and also thought it would be good for holiday gifts. 27 cleaning customers, WOW!

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  4. I agree this would make a perfect holiday gift. Great looking toffee you got there!

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  5. I'm going to be giving mine away too! A lovely christmas gift. So personal.

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  6. Your toffee looks great, perfect for gifts! I had trouble with the recipe, but I love how the baking groups give me an opportunity to try things I wouldn't attempt on my own.

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  7. i bet you could just make the toffee layer and whack it with a rolling pin until its in small pieces and then toss them in a chocolate cookie dough. something like the dark chocolate cherry cookies (sub toffee for the cherries) in the sweet melissa book ;)

    your toffee looks fab!!

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  8. I'm so glad that you enjoyed this! I chose it hoping that people would enjoy it and consider it for holiday gifts, so it's nice to see that realized!

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Please let me know what you think. I love to hear from other bakers.