Normally I talk about places to visit before posting a recipe, but today I’m going straight to the English Toffee – a favorite of my fam and friends. Hope you enjoy it, too! (Makes a great hostess gift.)
1 cup sugar
1 cup butter
1 tsp. vanilla
¼ tsp. salt
Semi-sweet or milk chocolate (Hershey bars, chocolate chips, etc.)
Chopped pecans, walnuts or almonds (optional)
- Set out cookie sheet with a piece of foil or parchment paper on top. Have chocolate open and ready to lay on top of toffee.
- Place butter, sugar, salt and vanilla in non-stick pot over medium-high heat and set timer to 10 minutes. Stir constantly to avoid burning. The mixture will eventually turn from yellow to gold to almond and will bubble.
- After 10 minutes, pour mixture onto cookie sheet, moving the pot back and forth so it doesn’t pour out in one big glob. Using a spatula or back of a spoon, press gently to make it spread. (It doesn’t have to spread to the edges.) You’ll only have about a minute before it’s no longer spreadable.
- Immediately lay chocolate on top – enough to cover toffee about 1/8 inch. Give it a moment to melt, then spread. Optional – sprinkle with chopped nuts. Note: I use a mixture of semi-sweet and milk chocolate. Let cool on counter for 10 minutes, then finish cooling in refrigerator.
- Break into pieces and serve.