I had several people I wanted to send homemade gifts to this holiday season. I originally thought of making homemade cookies, but I do that every year. I also feel like around the holidays there are always cookies around. I recalled someone making toffee and went on a search for a good toffee recipe.
However, after letting the toffee dry out for 24 hours, the bottoms dried out and the toffee hardened. It turned out rather tasty. I have to admit that while it took some series effort, the toffee was worth it. It was great to give as gifts and people told me how much they enjoyed it. Next time I’d make sure I have several types of nuts to sprinkle on the toffee and I’ll use all baking sheets and line them with parchment paper so the bottoms won’t be greasy.
Martha Stewart’s Toffee (slightly adapted from Martha Stewart)
1 pound (4 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
¼ c. light corn syrup
½ c. water
2 ½ c. sugar
1 pound chocolate almond bark, chopped into pieces
2 c. almonds, finely chopped
1. Spray a 15 x 10 baking pan, a 9 x 13 baking pan, and an 8 inch square baking pan with baking spray.
2. In a large saucepan combine butter, sugar, water, and corn syrup. Bring to a boil over high heat stirring with a wooden spoon. Stir an additional 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low and stop stirring. Place a candy thermometer on the side of the pan.
4. Melt the chocolate almond bark in the microwave heating at 30 second intervals until it’s totally melted. Pour over toffee, spreading with a spatula. Immediately sprinkle with nuts.