Several years ago I ventured into learning how to make the one thing I really love – toffee. I did a search and one of the first recipes to come up was called “Awesome Homemade Toffee“. I looked at the ingredient list:
1 pound butter
1/2 cup water
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
16 ounces milk chocolate chips
My first thought? It can’t possibly be THAT simple. But indeed it was. The first batch and every batch since have turned out great.
The hardest thing about this recipe is stirring. As you cook the first four ingredients together, you have to stir it constantly as it starts boiling – and it needs to boil for 10-13 minutes to achieve the right candy temperature of 300 degrees. Still, 10 minutes of stirring versus an hour or more for baking is an easy decision for me, plus I love the stuff! I found using a wooden spoon and a large, teflon coated pot work best for this process. The first time I made it, I used the candy thermometer. After that I could tell by the color and time when it was reaching the browned appearance of toffee. It’s almost always hit the 10 minute mark for me. My pot has silver handles that get hot so I use a silicone glove to hold the pot and keep my hand cool during the process.
I pour mine into a large cookie sheet. It covers about 3/4 of the pan. I don’t worry about the poured edge as it rounds out nicely on it’s own. I just make sure the mixture is spread evenly.
Simply pour the chocolate chips over the top and let them sit for a few seconds to start melting, then smooth the chocolate out with a spatula. If you like nuts on your toffee, you can add those too.
After the toffee is cooled (you can speed the process by using your fridge), I use my kitchen mallet and a butter knife to break the toffee up into the desired size pieces. Put them in a fun jar to dress up the appearance and the perfect gift is ready to go. One batch makes a lot of toffee!
The entire process can be finished easily in an hour and the results are OH SO satisfying!