English Toffee is a staple during Christmas time. This recipe for Easy English Toffee can be recreated by anyone makes a great homemade Christmas gift.
I’m not going to lie… mainly because I have friends and family who read my blog and would call me out on it. Up until this year, making candy has scared the bejeezus out of me. I remember my mom getting frustrated because her English Toffee and Peanut Brittle turned out too soft, or her Divinity sunk. I hate wasting ingredients, and I get a little discouraged if I spend hours in the kitchen only to find out my creation is nothing short of a failure.
Instead, I stuck to things I knew I could make flawlessly, like Cinnamon Rolls, Apple Pie, and Santa’s favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies. That is, until this year. I’m facing my fears and will be making all sorts of Christmas candy to give to neighbors, friends, and family this holiday season.
This recipe is “almost no-fail”. I won’t call it no-fail because there will ALWAYS be that one person that doesn’t get it right, and it fails miserably. And then I’m the bad guy. No thanks. So, this is an “almost no-fail” English Toffee Recipe.
My Tips to Successfully Make English Toffee
To ensure you have the highest possibility of success possible, I do recommend a few things. You need a heavy duty pot with a thick bottom. KitchenAid makes some excellent pots that are moderately priced. Don’t skimp on a good set of pots and pans. I did that for years, buying up the pots and pans sets that were only $40 for 20 pieces, and within months the bottoms were warped and everything I cooked stuck to the interior.
If you have an electric range, like me, rotate your pot about halfway through the cooking time. Electric ranges don’t always cook consistently and you want all of your toffee to be at the same temperature and same color.
Also, watch the color of your toffee. Once it becomes very thick and is slightly darker than peanut butter, remove it from heat and pour it into your prepared pan. This eliminates the need for a thermometer. As well, it removes the struggle of dealing with elevation related issues and temperature.
Do you make candy every year during the holidays or is it something that intimidates you?
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