Sunday, December 7, 2008

Almond Toffee to Share...



One of my favorite gift-giving treats during the holidays is Almond Toffee. I love making it so much for friends because then I get to save a little for myself! This recipe was given to my mother-in-law by a friend who used to pass it out to her neighbors at Christmas. Simple and wonderful!



Almond Toffee
Adapted from a recipe given to my MIL by a friend

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup whole blanched almonds
1/2 cup wonderful, dark chocolate - the best you can find (or milk chocolate if you must), chopped
1/4 cup chopped, toasted pecans (optional)

Melt butter in heavy sauce pan. Add sugar and almonds. Cook on high with pan tilted, stirring constantly, with wooden spoon until light brown (for those of us with candy thermometers, that would be the crack to hard crack stage or about 300F). Pour into large flat pan. Allow to sit for 5 minutes and then cover with grated chocolate and allow to melt - smooth with a knife. Add chopped pecans, if desired, and press in with the back of a wooden spoon. Cool completely and break into pieces.

17 comments:

  1. Susan, your toffee looks delicious ... sinful, but delicious.

    I LOVE your Santas they are adorable and each has a slightly different expression.

    If I ever did a themed tree, I think it would be Santas (or snowmen) ... probably Santas. (I'm another red lover.)

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  2. What a delicious idea for gifts! It looks delicious and I'm sure it is!

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  3. The toffee looks perfect for gifts..I had problems with the copy and paste for some reason..will have to try again! Love your ornaments...I like the vintage look rather the the newer ones!

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  4. oh gosh i was scared of soft ball, and now its hard crack? i am sure its worth it though! i can see baking and cooking can become a full time job to get to all these recipes!

    love your santa, hmm, a red theme perhaps?

    so love your snow, duh i stole it, but the black makes it fantasy land~

    love seeing you at fg/ts, you just waited to darn long to jump in the pool!

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  5. I love how seasonal your blog is! The snowflakes are just darling!

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  6. mmm...i love toffee....great blog!

    come see my christmas cookie list and a giveaway.

    http://katiebarlow.blogspot.com/2008/12/my-christmas-cookie-list-and-giveaway.html

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  7. What a lovely idea for a Christmas gift!

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  8. your holiday toffee looks absolutely scrumptious!

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  9. The ornaments make me smile too!

    Your toffee is mouth watering to me right now! When you get some ready to give as gifts take another photo for us. Knowing you I bet the presentation packaging is as wonderful as the candy and I could use some good ideas :-)

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  10. Thank you all so very much and welcome to all the new visitors! Thank you for all of your kind comments :)

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  11. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Looks wonderful.
    ~ingrid

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  12. Looks delicious! Bookmarked to include in the gift boxes this year! Thank you for sharing!

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  13. Thank you, Carol :)

    Thank you for visiting, Ingrid and Tartelette!

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  14. these were super yummy!thanks for sharing!

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  15. I'm glad you enjoyed them, Allison :)

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