Saturday, December 10, 2011

English Toffee

Hi! My name is Krista, I live in Dallas, Texas, I am a senior in high school, and I am excited to help out with my beautiful cousin's blog today!

A tradition in our family is making English Toffee. This recipe consists of a pound of butter, two and a half cups of sugar, and two heaping spoonfuls of pure heavenly bliss. Seriously, it's that good. Even smelling English toffee will probably give you diabetes (which probably isn't the smartest marketing technique to tell you that), but don't worry because everyone knows that calories are freebies during the holidays.

This super secret recipe has been passed down from my great grandmother, and has been my favorite part of Christmas for as long as I can remember. My mother will make as many as 12 batches a year to give to family, friends, and teachers. We usually buy some cute and inexpensive containers from Hobby Lobby and load them full of candy to give out as gifts. Fortunately, this recipe is also gluten free so you lucky ducklings get the honor of tasting some of the most beautiful food this world has to offer.

2 1/2 cups Sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup Karo
1 lb butter
2-3 cups pecans
about 2 cups of chocolate chips

Prepare a greased cookie sheet and cover with 2 cups of chopped pecans. Put the first four ingredients all in a large pot and heat to boiling. Continuing stirring until the mixture reaches 300 degrees or hard crack stage. It will turn dark brown, and when you start to see puffs of gray smoke come up, the candy is done cooking. Pour the boiling candy over the pan of chopped nuts and spread with a wooden spatula. Wait about 5 minutes, and then sprinkle about 2 cups of HIGH QUALITY chocolate chips over the top. Once they melt, spread with a knife or spatula. Sprinkle the top of the melted chocolate with 1-1 1/2 cups of finely chopped pecans. Place in a refrigerator to cool. Break into pieces with a knife and watch your thighs expand.

Enjoy and have a wonderful holiday!!!


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