English toffee: perfect for gifts

img_6186One of my favorite sweets that would appear in the teacher’s room at my high school was English toffee, made by my teacher friend, Barbara J. She is not only an amazing cook but also an amazing website artist who has been designing my sites for many years now. I am thankful for her passion to help students, her many artistic gifts, and her friendship.

She was kind enough to share the recipe with me many years ago, and I’ve been making it for gifts. I find special little dishes at our local thrift store and use them for my candy gifts. Barbara graciously gave me permission to share the recipe with you. Enjoy!

English Toffee

1 lb. butter

2 c. brown sugar

2 t. real vanilla

1/4 t. salt

1/4 c. – 1/2 c. chopped walnuts or almonds

1/2 c. chocolate chips

Also needed: candy thermometer (fasten to long wooden spoon with a rubber band), large pot, cookie sheet, 2 wooden spoons

  1. Heat butter and sugar over moderate heat — stir continually until well blended.
  2. Add vanilla. Add salt.
  3. Stir until temperature is 300 degrees (do not quit early)
  4. Pour onto large cookie sheet — tilt to spread toffee.
  5. Sprinkle immediately with nuts.
  6. Melt chocolate chips 30 seconds or more in a glass measuring cup in microwave. Check frequently and stir with a wooden spoon–it can burn!
  7. Pour chocolate quickly over the toffee.
  8. Cool completely, then break into pieces.

One Response to “English toffee: perfect for gifts

  • Barbara J Web Developer
    4 years ago

    Thank you. I think every word is absolutely true;) However, I must confess… we always add a splash of rum, or brandy, or the like, for flavor. It is our secret iingredient. Plus, we toast the walnuts with salt in a cast iron skillet before chopping them to add to the top of the toffee.

    Note: Never use low grade butter. One runs the risk of toffee failure, which is a very bad thing.

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