20 December 2011

Toffee Chocolate Almond Brittle

Brittle is a popular Christmas confection, consisting of flat broken pieces of hard candy,
 usually filled with peanuts or other nuts, and commonly topped with a layer of chocolate

Toffee Chocolate Almond Brittle

1 cup granulated sugar
(semi-sweet, finely chopped)
1/4-1/3 cup water
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
a pinch of sea salt

A. Line a baking pan with parchment paper
B. Have the butter, vanilla, salt, and nuts in a bowl, then set aside 
C. Combine the sugar and water in a heavy saucepan over high heat, bringing to a boil 
D. Stir boiling sugar for approximately 8-10 minutes (if it begins to smoke, quickly 
remove from heat and continue stirring)
E. Remove from heat and stir in the butter, vanilla, salt, and nuts you prepared earlier
F. Stir quickly to blend ingredients evenly (a wooden spoon works best)
G. Pour this liquid toffee mixture into your lined baking pan
H. Sprinkle the finely chopped chocolate over top of the hot brittle 
(the heat of the toffee will melt the chocolate)
I. Garnish with extra slivers of almonds, or candy, or just omit this step
J. Let cool completely before breaking the brittle into desired bits and pieces

Warning: No matter how tempted you are to lick the spoon from the
saucepan, DON'T DO IT unless you want a burnt tongue full of blisters! 

And if you're like me and you enjoy the crunchiness of
 a Hershey's Skor Candy Bar, then you will love Brittle!

There are so many variations to Brittle, such as Peppermint or Candy 
Cane; I have seen some people add Peanut Butter or Coconut Milk too!

Trust me, when 3 o'clock rolls around, you'll be
 wishing you had some Toffee Brittle to snack on!

And if you're in the giving mood, you can make extras
 pack in cute little xmas tins for your friends and family

Just make be careful about sending this to those aged 70 
and over; Sensitive teeth and rock-hard brittle? Not good ;)

Included is a kind little "Please refrigerate" note


Anonymous said... [reply]

i sound like that train: "i think i can. i think i can. i think i can. i think i can."

i THINK i can bake these without supervision.
but i KNOW i can't. ;)
so i will live vicariously through your post.

damn, these look so so so good! please send some to me! :) x

Amy B @ Second City Randomness said... [reply]

Cookies are clearly my all time favorite dessert. However, toffee has my heart when it comes to candy. I tend to find excuses to buy it ALL the time. Like "oh I'm going to make something with it" and then I just end up eating it all before that happens...

Chris said... [reply]

Every time we visit your site it is like Chinese Water torture. Until we make it we are not free :-)This is another recipe we should try. Thanks.

Lauren said... [reply]

yum! great idea :)

LauraJayne said... [reply]

I loved your jar - my grandmother used to make Christmas goodies every year and send them to her grandkids! I think it's time for me to pick up the tradition and return the favor! The Toffee looks and sounds delicious!

Kelsey said... [reply]

You made this! It looks so perfect.

Monet said... [reply]

I adore brittle. My aunt makes peanut butter brittle each year, but I sure do like the sound of toffee. Even better in my books! Thank you for sharing another great recipe. I hope you are having a great week...enjoying the season and friends and family. Much love from Austin!

Chelsea said... [reply]

Oh my gosh girl, this looks amazing! I'm scared to make it because I'm pretty sure I'd be tempted to gobble down the whole batch. :P

GFGidget said... [reply]

My mailing address is.... ;)

Tip Top Shape said... [reply]

Oohh, this looks fantastic!!

Sarah B @ Bake + Bike said... [reply]

What a yummy gift! Love the reindeer tin.

Alexa @ Simple Eats said... [reply]

This is the best of so many worlds! I love toffee and I love brittle, and chocolate (duh). Thanks for sharing!

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said... [reply]

Toffee is sooo good, but I can only have very small amounts because it is a little too sweet for me.

grubarazzi said... [reply]

mmmmmm. This looks so good!

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