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Homemade English Toffee with Almonds (Gluten-Free) • The Heritage Cook ®

Homemade English Toffee may be made with any type of nut you want, but the roasted, salted ones I exploit add a pleasant crunch and salty stability to offset the sugary sweetness. That is one treat I’ve to plan to offer away as a result of I might eat it all myself!

I’ve been making sweet since earlier than I can keep in mind so I am one of the lucky ones that never feared it. I know to watch out of the boiling sugar (the worst burn you will get!), that sugar gained’t caramelize nicely on humid or rainy days, to comply with my instincts about how long to prepare dinner it, and the best way to pull taffy by hand.

plate of salted almonds ready for chopping

Candy is enjoyable to make, however mercurial. But there are a couple of issues that may assist your expertise be extra constant and pleasurable. For constant outcomes and success every time, you need a candy thermometer. Either a sweet thermometer that attaches to the pan or a superb on the spot learn which you could dip into the candy to guage temperature precisely. Even my grandmother, who not often measured something rigorously, used a thermometer. The clip-on thermometers usually are not expensive and will save you tons of of dollars in ruined elements should you undercook or overcook your candies.

two types of candy thermometers

Thermapen on the left, conventional sweet thermometer on the fitting

An ideal on the spot learn thermometer is the Thermapen. It is expensive, but I exploit it every single day to guage the doneness of bread, meats, poultry, foods on the grill, within the oven, and on the range, and when making sweet to keep an in depth eye on the climbing temperature. Put this on your wish listing – it more than pays for itself in its accuracy and velocity!

Let’s speak about corn syrup for a minute. With all the unfavorable press about high fructose corn syrup today, a lot of people confuse it with common corn syrup and don’t need to use both of them in their cooking. Normally I agree and use options every time attainable, however there’s one exception … sweet making.

Pan of caramel toffee with 3 offset spatulas

When I am making sweet, particularly any type of caramel, I all the time add a bit corn syrup as a result of it helps scale back the probabilities of crystallization. If there are any sugar crystals on the edges of the pan or on a spoon you’ve used for stirring, they usually get reintroduced again into the cooked sweet, it could trigger a chemical response. Abruptly your pretty clean caramel becomes sandy and gritty once more. A bit of insurance doesn’t harm.

In any recipe where there are only a few components, every one takes on more significance. On this case, utilizing 100% cane sugar, corresponding to C&H brand, and grass-fed butter, akin to Kerrygold makes an enormous difference within the high quality of your completed sweet. And an additional advantage is that they are healthier for us to eat.

whole pan of English Toffee

As we speak’s Homemade English Toffee is just like Almond Roca, however rather a lot easier to make at house. My mother liked Almond Roca … or a minimum of we all thought she did. She obtained a can of it yearly on her birthday and Mother’s Day. It wasn’t until I was an grownup that she confessed that she didn’t really like it. However then she had my selfmade version … and altered her mind!

Take pleasure in this Homemade English Toffee and have an exquisite Chocolate Monday!

Homemade English Toffee © 2019 Jane Bonacci, The Heritage Cook

PRO Tip:

I chose to make mine in a half-sheet pan with sides and it labored nice, however it took almost twice as a lot chocolate as I assumed it will and the toffee layer wound up being fairly thin. Use the nonstick 9×13-inch pan as I recommend under and your toffee layer might be a lot thicker, good to eat with the chocolate and almonds.

PRO Tip:

Sugar is tough to caramelize on rainy days and when the humidity could be very excessive. Attempt to plan your sweet making for drier days.

Key Elements for this Recipe

  • Salted almonds (gluten-free if needed)
  • Cocoa powder (gluten-free if needed)
  • Butter, ideally grass-fed or European-style
  • Granulated cane sugar
  • Mild corn syrup
  • Semisweet chocolate chips or different favourite sort of chocolate, see word (gluten-free if wanted)

Homemade English Toffee © 2019 Jane Bonacci, The Heritage Cook

Kitchen Tools I Use to Make This Recipe

Jane’s Ideas and Hints:

Calibrating your thermometer will assure accurate leads to your baking and candy making. Fill a large, heavy bottomed saucepan, about halfway with water. Place over excessive warmth and convey to a boil. Insert your sweet thermometer within the water. It should register 212°F. If it exhibits anything, modify the ultimate sweet temperature accordingly. For example, if it registers 200°F, scale back the final cooking temperature by 2 degrees. If it registers 215°F, improve the ultimate cooking temperature by 3 degrees.

Gluten-Free Ideas:

English toffee is straightforward to make gluten-free. Ensure you are utilizing gluten-free chocolate, almonds, and cocoa powder. If your elements aren’t labeled, seek the advice of with the manufacturer. See further notes at the finish of the recipe.

Yield: about 2 kilos

Homemade English Toffee with Almonds (Gluten-Free)

Immediately’s Homemade English Toffee is just like Almond Roca, but lots easier to make at house. Candy caramel topped with melted chocolate and chopped almonds makes the right sweet deal with!

Prep Time
12 minutes

Cook Time
30 minutes

Further Time
2 hours 30 minutes

Complete Time
three hours 12 minutes

Elements

  • 2 to 3 cups chopped, salted almonds* (gluten-free if wanted)

  • Softened butter for the pan, about 1 tbsp

  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder, in a small, superb wire sieve or sifter

  • 2 cups (4 sticks/1 lb) butter, at cool room temperature, reduce into pieces

  • Pinch kosher or sea salt

  • 2 cups granulated cane sugar

  • 1 tbsp mild corn syrup

  • 1 (12 ouncesbag) semisweet** chocolate chips (gluten-free if wanted)

Instructions

  1. Toast the Almonds: Pour the chopped almonds into a dry skillet and toast them over medium warmth, stirring typically, until aromatic, about 3 minutes. Take away from the heat and switch to a plate.
  2. Butter a 13 x 9 x 1-inch baking pan. Set next to the range. Pour about three tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder into a small nice wire sieve. Set next to the pan.
  3. Connect the sweet thermometer to the edge of a heavy Four-quart saucepan, preferably nonstick, with out permitting it to the touch the bottom of the pan. Alternately, you should use an prompt learn thermometer to measure the temperature because the candy cooks.
  4. Cook the Toffee: Place the butter and salt in the saucepan and soften over medium-high heat. Add the sugar and corn syrup. Convey to a boil, stirring gently with a heatproof spatula or picket spoon***. You don’t need to splash any sugar crystals onto the edges of the pan if can avoid it.
  5. Scale back the warmth to medium or medium-low, maintain at a low boil**** and prepare dinner until the sweet reaches 295F. Periodically stir the candy, staying principally within the middle of the pan. Give the sweet a fast ultimate stir if the butter is separating in any respect to reincorporate it.
  6. Remove the pan from the heat and instantly pour into the prepared pan. Using scorching pads, tip the pan if wanted to get the sweet into the corners.
  7. Let the sweet sit at room temperature till cool, giving it time to set up. This could take an hour or more depending on the temperature in your kitchen. Really feel the underside of the pan with your hand to guage how cool it is.
  8. When it’s cool, very flippantly sift the cocoa powder over the top of the caramel. You don’t want to use it all in case your pan is smaller. This helps take in any excess butter on the floor and assist the chocolate adhere to the toffee extra simply.
  9. Cover Toffee with Chocolate: Pour the chocolate chips right into a microwave-safe bowl and warmth in 10-second increments until melted. The chips might deceptively hold their form even when the inside is melted, so stir sometimes until they’re utterly softened. Then stir till clean. Utilizing an offset spatula unfold the chocolate evenly over the whole floor. Immediately sprinkle the top with the chopped almonds. Press gently into the melted chocolate, being careful not to burn your arms on the recent chocolate.
  10. Set the pan aside and funky at room temperature, about an hour. Then transfer to the refrigerator to relax for 30 minutes. This can help the caramel contract making it simpler to remove from the pan. Use a versatile metallic spatula (I used my offset) to release the candy from the pan (slip it underneath one aspect and raise up) and then use your arms to interrupt it into items. If they are bite-sized they are easier to eat.
  11. To Retailer: Transfer to an hermetic tin or resealable plastic bag and store within the fridge to keep the chocolate agency and the toffee brittle.

Notes

* As long as you are not using flavored or seasoned almonds, they need to be gluten-free. Examine the label to make certain. If somebody has an allergy to almonds, pecans or other nuts could be substituted or left off utterly.

** You should use milk, bittersweet, or a mix of any sort of chocolate to cowl the toffee.

*** In case you are cooking for somebody with Celiac, don’t use picket utensils until they are model new and freshly washed. The grain of the wooden can take up gluten and make somebody sick. The most suitable option today is a heatproof silicon spatula or spoon (that can deal with excessive heat). They do not lure something and can be used safely.

**** In case your candy separates, you in all probability cooked it over too excessive warmth. Attempt beating it in before you pour it into the pan to mix it back collectively. If that doesn’t work, begin over and boil at medium-low. This provides the sugar time to caramelize before reaching the right temperature for the delicate/arduous crack.

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