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At Art Effect we look forward to the holidays for many reasons, decorating the shop, the festive scent of our seasonal candles, the hustle and bustle… but most of all we look forward to Daphne’s amazing homemade toffee! Daphne was our book-keeper and she retired last year, but before she left, she shared this recipe with us! Make a batch to share with loved ones. This treat is delightful to box up as a homemade gift.
- 2 sticks butter, plus some for buttering the pan
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 4 milk chocolate bars, (approx. 43 gram bars)
Before you begin:
Lightly butter a cookie sheet, finely chop or grind 2-3 handfuls of pecans or walnuts, and unwrap and break-up 4 chocolate bars- make sure the chocolate is in very small pieces.
In a saucepan combine: 2 sticks of butter directly from the refrigerator, 1 cup of granulated sugar, and 3 tablespoons of water. Melt and stir constantly 10-15 minutes over medium-high heat to a rolling boil. You might want to enlist a friend to help you, as this is hard work! When you reach the carmel color, remove from heat and quickly mix in the vanilla. It will fizzle. Immediately pour the contents from the sauce pan onto the lightly buttered cookie sheet. Tilt the pan from side to side to spread the toffee. The toffee will not cover the entire pan.
*Hint- if you set your cookie sheet on top of the stove while you’re making this, it will warm up and the toffee will spread across the pan a little more than if you use a cold cookie sheet.
Quickly sprinkle the chocolate pieces over the toffee and let them melt down for approximately 45 seconds. Lightly spread the melted chocolate around the toffee in a thin layer with a spatula. Sprinkle with the chopped nuts. Place away from heat to set. You can speed this up by placing in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes. If it’s cold but not snowing you can place out side to set (if you can trust your squirrels) Break into pieces and store in an airtight container.
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