Chocolate Toffee

September 19, 2007


If you’re looking for a quick, homemade gift, look no further than this easy candy. Wow your friends and family with tins of it. They’ll love you for it. SAM

1/2 cup chopped roasted pecans, walnuts, or peanuts
8 tablespoons butter (1 stick)
9 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons water
1 (6-ounce) package semisweet chocolate morsels

Lightly grease an 8 x 8-inch baking pan and spread the nuts evenly across the bottom. In a heavy skillet over high heat, melt the butter. Add the sugar and water and stir constantly until caramelized, about 5 minutes. Pour the batter over the nuts in the pan. Spread the chocolate morsels over the batter and smooth with a large spoon or spatula. Chill immediately for 2 hours, then break into small pieces.
Makes 2 cups.

COOKING TIP: Roasted Nuts

September 19, 2007

This works equally well for pecans, almonds, walnuts, peanuts, cashews, and hazelnuts. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spread the nuts on a dry baking sheet and roast until fragrant, about 10 minutes. Test for doneness by cooling one nut and biting it in half. The center should be lightly browned. Roast in additional 1-minute increments if necessary. Do not leave unattended. Nuts will burn very quickly.