November 15, 2009

::SMS:: Butter Toffee Crunch

Kaitlin of Kait’s Plate chose this weekend's SMS recipe: a candy recipe! I can't remember if i have EVER made candy before (besides caramel). I read this recipe over quite a few times. The first thing that caught my attention was that the recipe would yield THREE POUNDS of CANDY! Hubs is not a big candy eater, let alone candy with nuts — and I wasnt about to make 3 lbs of this stuff. I cut the recipe down — way down — to 1/4 of the recipe. According to my calculations, it would yield approximately 3/4 lb — still a lot of candy if you ask me.


You're suppose to use a rimmed cookie sheet or a jelly roll pan. All my cookie sheets are the "un-rimmed" kind and ummmmm.... I.... uh.... dont have a jelly roll pan. I do have a lot of 7" round aluminum cake pans and when I say a lot I mean I bought a case of these and have about 150 of these in the basement — hubs is not too fond of my side of the storage area.


I quickly made my candy in a round cake pan. When I mean quickly, I mean you have to work super fast during the time it takes your sugar to go from 280° F to 290° on a candy thermometer. One other adjustment I made (because I love almonds) is right before you add the chocolate, I added another handful of almonds (and I used slivered almonds).


The end result was one big hunk of candy and it was a little on the thick side too. I tried to break this by hand but got chocolate all over my fingers. The only thing I could find in my drawers that had substantial cracking power was my meat tenderizer! So I whacked it to bits.


I liked the toffee crunch a lot and its quite addicting. I might end up hating myself if I eat all this cause of what this is going to do to my teeth! If I smash this up some more this will work great as an ice cream topping too!

13 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

OOOH, stellar candy recipe.

Don't you dare hate yourself!! Enjoy the treat :)

Mrs. G said...

Great idea to use smaller pieces as ice cream topping. I think I will take your lead and so 1/4 of the recipe.

tam said...

I wouldn't be able to resist who could!? Never hate yourself for the love of candy!!!!! It looks soooooo good yum!

Flourchild said...

I want to try it when it's hard and crunchy! Mine came out soft and chewy. I was so worried about burning the toffee I took it off the burner way to early. Im glad you liked the taste of it! I scaled the recipe down to half the size and it was to much. I think this is a recipe to make at Christmas time, wrap it in pretty bags, and give it away to your neighbors!

Candy Girl said...

How fun to smash it up with the meat tenderizer! Your toffee looks great, especially with the additional almonds.

Snooky doodle said...

this looks delicious! you made me laugh smashing it with the meat tenderiser :)

Tracey said...

Haha love that you smashed it with your meat tenderizer! I bet that was a good release of some aggression :) Your toffee looks great to me! I just finished mine but don't have any tasters here to let me know how it is.

lakegirl said...

I agree this is so adicting! I loved this recipe!

Rosy said...

Ooo, that looks yummy!

margot said...

I love the picture of it being smashed with the meat tenderizer! Addicting is right, I have eaten more than I should of such a sugary treat.

Joy said...

Hi Karen!

How are you? Sorry it's been so long since I've stopped by and said hello- things have been kind of crazy, but I have really missed talking with you each week after SMS postings. I hope you're doing well and would love to hear from you soon.

I'm so glad you had success with this toffee… I had a bit of trouble with mine, but I went back with a different recipe and had much better luck. You made me laugh with the meat tenderizer... way to be resourceful!

I hope you're doing well and having a fabulous start to your week. Can't wait to talk to you again soon :)

<3,
Joy

Jeannette said...

who knew that toffee could double as a stress reliever? ;)

Kaitlin said...

I'm glad you enjoyed it! And I know what you mean, this really is addictive. We couldn't stop eating it around here.

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