Friday, January 23, 2009

Toffee butter crunch

Toffee butter crunch

I did something wrong with this recipe. Two mistakes, actually.
After finishing the candy making, I realized that I’d forgotten to chop the slivered almonds for the topping. Not to mention I did not toast the nuts at all. :S

But, in my defense, my mind was somewhere else for a good reason - I’d just discovered this absolutely gorgeous blog and lost track of time going through it. :D

Toffee butter crunch

Toffee butter crunch
from here

½ cup coarsely chopped almonds, toasted – I used flaked almonds
1 cup (226g/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup (200g) sugar
3 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon light-colored corn syrup
¾ cup (130g) semisweet chocolate pieces
½ cup finely chopped almonds, toasted

Line a 32.5x22.5x5cm (13x9x2-inch)* baking pan with foil, extending foil over edges of pan. Sprinkle the ½ cup coarsely chopped nuts in pan. Set pan aside.

Butter sides of a heavy 2-quart (2 liter) saucepan. In saucepan melt butter. Add sugar, water, and corn syrup. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until mixture boils. Clip a candy thermometer to side of pan. Reduce heat to medium; continue boiling at a moderate, steady rate, stirring frequently, till thermometer registers 143ºC/290ºF, soft-crack stage (about 15 minutes). Watch carefully after 137ºC/280ºF to prevent scorching. Remove saucepan from heat; remove thermometer. Pour candy into the prepared pan.

Let candy stand about 5 minutes or till firm; sprinkle with chocolate. Let stand 1 to 2 minutes. When chocolate has softened, spread over candy. Sprinkle with the ½ cup finely chopped nuts. Chill until firm.
When candy is firm, use foil to lift it out of pan; break into pieces. Store tightly covered – I kept it in the fridge to keep the chocolate layer hard.

* I used a 30x20x5cm pan.

Makes about 680g (1 ½ pounds)

Toffee butter crunch

15 comments:

mc said...

Despite your two mistakes it looks so delicious!Sorry about my English, I'm studying hard to improve it...:)

The Food Librarian said...

Looks great! I love the designismine website too.

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

Hmmm I don't see ANY mistakes here Patricia, just pure bliss!

culinography said...

I think your recipe mistakes are far more tame than mine. Mine usually involve beeping smoke alarms. ;)

These look lovely!

Snooky doodle said...

still looks so so good this one !! :)

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Thanks for introducing us to designismine -- beautiful site -- but I'll always come back here for sweets!

Kevin said...

This sounds really good!

Tartelette said...

I love Design Is Mine but I love toffee a lot more and yours is scrumptious! It does not matter what went where and why...it is perfect!

lisa (dandysugar) said...

Design is Mine is a great website! By the way, I've made that recipe mistake before, too. Even so, the toffee looks wonderful!

kickpleat said...

whatever, the toffee looks delicious!

Katie said...

This looks really good. I get distracted and then end up not doing what I was supposed to do it drives my husband nuts.

squirrelbread said...

the plum and coconut crumble from a few posts back, swoon... and who doesn't love mozzarella en carroza! yours is a blog i look forward to coming to. launched my own food blog earlier this week and hope my writing, photography and recipe postings can be similar to this! would love if you stopped by!

cheers,

*heather*
http://squirrelbread.wordpress.com

Maya said...

What mistakes? :)

Patricia Scarpin said...

MC, your English is great - tks for commenting!

Food Librarian, thank you!

Lorraine, you are too kind, my dear!

Michelle, darling, you made me laugh out loud! :D
xx

Natalie, thank you!

Lydia, you'll always find sweets here, my dear friend!

Kevin, thank you!

Helen, the word "toffee" makes me smile already. :D
Thank you, sweetie!

Lisa, I'll check yours later!

Kickpleat, thank you! :D

Katie, the hubbies are the poor ones we complain about things to, right? :S

Heather, tks for dropping me a line - I'll be checking your blog later!

Maya, xoxo

Maris said...

It's official. Your blog has made me want dessert!

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