Every time I pass a candy store I’m tempted to go in and pick out a treat. Usually if I give in and pick something out, I get some toffee. So I decided I would try to make some for myself.
Below is the recipe I used, though I would cut back a bit on the almonds. I didn’t quite use a full cup and it’s still a bit too nutty for me.
1 cup sliced or slivered almonds, toasted
1 1/4 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons water
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
6 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped (I used 6 oz semisweet choc chips)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F . Place almonds on a baking sheet and bake them for about 8 minutes, or until golden brown and fragrant. Set aside to cool.
Once the nuts have cooled to room temperature, place in a food processor, fitted with a metal blade, and pulse the almonds until they are finely chopped. Sprinkle half of the nuts in an 8 by 10 inch rectangle on a buttered or oiled baking sheet. Set aside.
In a medium-sized, heavy saucepan combine the brown sugar, water and butter. Have the baking soda and vanilla extract ready. Bring the sugar mixture to a boil and cook. Stir as little as possible and use a wooden spoon to help prevent sugar crystallization. Continue until the mixture reaches 285 degrees F (soft-crack stage) on a candy thermometer. Immediately remove the saucepan from the heat as the temperature will continue to rise. Add the baking soda and vanilla extract and stir to combine.
Immediately pour this mixture evenly over the nuts on your baking sheet. Then place the chopped chocolate over the hot toffee. After a few minutes the chocolate will be soft enough to spread with an offset spatula in an even layer over the toffee. Sprinkle the remaining chopped almonds over the melted chocolate.
Cool completely and then cut using a sharp knife or break into pieces.
Store in an airtight container, at room temperature, for 7 – 10 days.