Some gardeners look for Crocus to be a sign of Spring. But I have seen them bloom in snow. So you can imagine my excitement when after 2 days at work (12 hours on Friday and 10 hours on Saturday), I saw the first blossom on my daffodils.
And it was a beautiful day. I got my shoes on, went outside and brrrrr! It must have been 40 degrees . Sorry, I love Spring days – that is the days that are 65 or 70 like it was yesterday while I was working.
So I decided that today would be a sugar day.
I always have some kind of nuts in the house- today it was almonds. And English Toffee sounded really good. I am going to share a recipe that I found online. I most recently found it posted on Momoe’s Cupboard. I admit, it’s not an old family recipe and I didn’t create it. But if you do it right, it tastes amazing!
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup water
1 cup butter (2 sticks) no substitute
1/3 cup Karo corn syrup (light)
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups chocolate chips
1-2 cups chopped almonds
In a large microwave safe bowl combine sugar, water, corn syrup, salt and butter cut into pieces. Microwave for 5 minutes and stir. Return to microwave and continue cooking, stirring every 7 minutes for about 18 to 20 minutes. The time depends on your microwave. The mixture will turn golden brown. Check with candy thermometer and when it reaches hard crack stage (about 300 degrees) it is done.
At this point you can add almonds to the mixture if desired. Pour on the prepared pan and spread out evenly.
Sprinkle the top with chocolate chips and let melt for 5 minutes. Spread evenly the melted chocolate over the top. Sprinkle with chopped nuts.
Let cool until toffee is harden. Place pan in refrigerator for 10 minutes so the chocolate is hard on top before breaking into pieces. You will need to bang the pan on the counter first to start the breaking.
Store in tight container in a cool place.
The first time I made this it did not taste amazing. IT TASTED BURNT! So I thought I must have done something wrong. Remember that line that says “the time depends on your microwave?” It really does.
I cut the times down to 4 minutes, stir, 3 minutes. stir and add the almonds, then another 2 minutes. It turned out great. In fact I am going to grab another piece before it’s gone.