The holidays bring with them many traditions, some of which involve more than just buying the right presents. Many of my friends speak every holiday of the massive stack of holiday cards they mail out, or special treats to put in stockings. In my recent visit to the post office I have seen both traditions in full effect. Families sending off more than twenty holiday cards at a time or shipping out tins of cookies and chocolate. Such traditions are an important part of bringing out the best of the holiday spirit.
Of course I am still dancing around to Jethro Tull and feeling giddy with the holidays on the brain. So I decided I should try out toffee, an easy enough treat and successful as a fun gift. Without further ado let’s check out the recipe:
Kahlua Salted Toffee
2 Sticks Unsalted Butter
1 1/2 Cups Granulated Sugar
1 Cup Chocolate Chips
1/3 Cup Water
2 Tbsp Kahlua
Handful Kosher Salt
(You will need: An offset spatula, candy thermometer, sheet tray, parchment paper, saucepan.)
- Begin with a large saucepan on medium high heat and add the butter. When fully melted add the water and sugar.
- Stir constantly with a spatula or wooden spoon until the mixture begins to bubble and thicken. Keep and eye on it until the color begins to turn light brown. The mixture must reach 300 degrees and no higher or it will burn. Prepare a sheet tray with parchment paper that has been lightly greased.
- When the toffee base is ready remove from heat and add the Kahlua. Pour carefully onto the prepared parchment covered tray.
- Spread the chocolate chips over the hot toffee base and wait a few minutes for the chips to melt. Using the offset spatula spread the melted chocolate evenly over the entire base.
- Finally spread the kosher salt over the melted chocolate. Store the tray in the fridge until fully set.
Once set you can then break the toffee into pieces and devour or package as you see fit for family and friends! I had a lot of fun with this recipe and I believe I shall make a larger batch just in time for some last minute gifts. I hope you enjoy the holiday spirit as much as I do, until the next post!