The British love their toffee, and for good reason. It’s outrageously good. Make it, chop it and add it to ice cream or custard. Or just eat chunks of this treasure.

English Butter Toffee

English Butter Toffee
Recipe type: Candies
Serves: 20
  • 1/4 Cup pecans or walnuts
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 1 Cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
  • 1/4 Cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ounces milk chocolate
  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread the nuts on a baking sheet and toast them until they're lightly browned, about 5 to 7 minutes. Finely chop the nuts. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with foil, grease the foil with butter and set it aside.
  2. Clip a candy thermometer to a heavy 2 1/2-quart saucepan. Bring the sugar, butter, water and salt to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Continue boiling, uncovered, not stirring the mixture but shaking the saucepan occasionally to distribute the heat as the mixture turns amber in about 9 minutes, then darker amber as it registers 305 degrees on the thermometer (hard-crack stage), about 3 minutes longer. Stay close by; the thermometer will reach 305 degrees quickly. Remove the pan from the heat; stir in the vanilla. Carefully pour the hot mixture into the prepared pan. Let it cool to room temperature until hard, about 30 minutes.
  3. Melt the milk and bittersweet chocolates in a double boiler or at 50% power in the microwave. Mix them together, then spread the chocolate evenly over the toffee using an offset spatula. Immediately sprinkle the toffee with the nuts. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, then remove the toffee from the pan and break it into pieces. This can be kept in an airtight container in a cool place (not the refrigerator) up to one week.
This recipe yields 20 servings.

Each serving: 147 calories; 65 mg sodium; 25 mg cholesterol; 12 grams fat; 10 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram protein; 0.29 gram fiber.

NOTES : Recipe by Abby Mandel, cookbook author, syndicated food columnist, and a James Beard Foundation award winner

Add chunks when making ice cream, or chop and use as a topping for puddings, custards or ice cream.

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