Friday, December 23, 2011

ALMOND TOFFEE - Just Because

By Peg Brantley, who is generally a better writer than she is a cook. She hopes.

Here's the toffee recipe I made for the first time this afternoon. Fresh in my mind, I'm including the things I'll try different the next time. It didn't quite come out looking like Enstrom's, but hey . . . it's not half bad.

And, to keep this crime fiction related, I'm guessing if you had a real almond toffee fanatic, there would be an easy way to doctor the recipe to suit.


2 cups butter (hey, it Christmas. The only time of year you can get away with this behavior.)
2 cups white, granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt (I almost said, "Why bother?", but recognize salt as the taste bringer-outer of all time.)
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (I may, per LoML, make sure these are white chocolate the next time.)
1 cup finely chopped almonds (OMG, I typed onions first. Now that would be different.)

In a large heavy bottomed saucepan, combine the butter, sugar and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring until the butter is melted. Allow to come to a boil, and cook until the mixture becomes a dark amber color, and the temperature has reached 285 degrees F (137 degrees C). Stir occasionally.

While the toffee is cooking, cover a large baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. (I used parchment, and since this was my first time making this, I have no idea how aluminum foil will behave. However, because of the copious amount of butter, I'm guessing it doesn't matter.)

As soon as the toffee reaches the proper temperature, pour it onto the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle the chocolate over the top, and let it set for a minute or two to soften. Spread the chocolate into a thin, even layer once it is melted. Sprinkle the nuts over t he chocolate, and press in slightly. Putting a plastic bag over your hand will minimize the mess.

Place the toffee in the refrigerator to chill until set. Break into pieces, and store in an airtight container.

Here's what I'll try differently the next time I make this:

At the end of the cooking cycle for peanut brittle, I add a little vanilla. I think I'll try adding a little almond to enhance the taste. Maybe a teaspoon.

I will crush extra almonds to powder (do they sell almond powder?) and sprinkle on top of the parchment paper prior to unloading the toffee. And maybe a little extra on the top with the crushed/chopped almonds.

My very best wishes to all of you for a fabulous holiday season. I've been blessed beyond reason with love in my life, and really go into an alternative reality to write the stories I write.

Cheers to my Crime Fiction Collective teammates, to all of the readers who make this blog worthwhile, and to an amazing 2012!


  1. You made me crave chocolate first thing in the morning. This will be a long wicked weekend, and I'll be doing a lot of cold bike rides.

    I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and a terrific next year. Cheers!

  2. Yum! Looks delicious!

    Happy Holidays to all my fellow CFCers, and all of our readers and writers out there! And all the very best in 2012, with great books written and to enjoy!

  3. I'm glad I didn't read this before lunch, or I'd be craving chocolate, too.

    I won't make any, because then I'd eat it, but it sounds amazing.

    Happy holidays, Peg!

  4. Thanks for the recipe, Peg! I love toffee!

    Wishing all of you a fun, safe, and happy holiday!

  5. This is the time of year that those of use who believe gain a little underpinning. Our faith-muscles can catch a break and whatever doubts we harbor slip away. At least for a while.

    It's the time of year everyone, those who believe in something and those who don't, can experience a little extra kindness—if we know where to look.

    Whether it's a silly toffee recipe, a present wrapped by small hands, or someone sending you an extra smile in line at Starbuck's or Walmart, it's a time to treasure. To see the potential each of us has to make our world a little better place in which to hang.

  6. Toffee? Peg, you're a brave woman. I thought cinnamon rolls were a challenge. I too hope I'm a better writer than I am a cook. :-) I bet the toffee tasted good though.


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