Monday, December 7, 2009

Christmas Toffee...the Easy Way!

I LOVE toffee...except that fooling with the thermometers and cold water trials and STILL getting the texture wrong frustrates me to no end. This recipe simplifies all that by using the microwave, with the color as clue to doneness.

It makes most of a cookie sheet full of toffee, which lasts an hour or so at our house!

1/2 cup butter

1 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup water

3/4 cup chocolate chips

1 cup chopped nuts

1 ) Put the stick of butter in a large microwave-safe bowl. Use the wrapper to grease the top inside edge of the bowl to keep the mixture from sticking. Add the sugar, salt and water.

2 ) Cook on high for about 6 to 7 minutes. After this point, stir every 30 seconds until it is golden brown, about the color of a Heath bar. This will usually be only a minute or so, but can be as long as 5 minutes more. Watch can burn quickly!

3 ) Pour mixture onto a buttered cookie sheet. Don't scrape the bowl. That can crystallize the candy. If you do wish to scrape it, pour that bit of candy onto a separate buttered pan.

4 ) Sprinkle on chocolate chips, wait a minute, then spread them around. Sprinkle with nuts.

5 ) Let cool, then break into pieces and eat.

This candy travels well, so it is perfect for mailing or including in gift baskets!