Thursday, December 6, 2012

English Toffee Recipe

There are very few recipes that I am willing to break out the thermometer over.  This is one of them.  The caramel is so soft and gooey and sweet that it is well worth the effort. 
 The recipe is my aunt Carolyn's.  I challenge you to find a more decadent English Toffee recipe.  Seriously.  It is THAT good! 

Ingredients:
1 cup butter
1 lb. brown sugar
dash of salt
1 cup light corn syrup
1 15 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla

Melt butter in heavy saucepan.  Add sugar and salt; stir thoroughly.  Stir in corn syrup, mix well.  Gradually add the milk, stirring constantly.  Cook and stir over medium heat to firm ball stage (245 degrees).  This will take 12-15 minutes.  Remove from heat, stir in vanilla.  Pour into buttered 9x9x2 inch pan.  Cool and cut into squares.  If you plan to give it away, it does well wrapped in individual pieces of wax paper.
Do you have a recipe, readers, that you're willing to go to extra lengths to produce?  If so, I want to hear about it!

35 comments:

Rural Revival said...

Oh my that does look seriously delicious and easier to make than I would have thought!

Kerri said...

This looks YUMMY!

Tanya said...

oh yum, i pinned it! i'm going to try this and while i have the candy thermometer out i'm going to make popcorn balls. my mom and grandma used to make them every christmas, red and green ones!

andy said...

Oh I love Carmel ! Looks great ! Have a great day

JDaniel4's Mom said...

My aunt's fudge has so many steps to make, but I love it.

Buttons said...

Oh this is awful I am ready to go check the cows and I can bet there is not one thing sweet as this out there. Darn now I want some. Maybe later. Thank you B

Maple Lane said...

Caramel is my very favorite.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

That looks sooooo good! I'm such an amateur cook that any recipe takes a lot out of me! :-)

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

Oh my word, no wonder you take the time! Delicious!

alissa apel said...

Yes! These are so good: http://sugarcookieart.blogspot.com/2011/08/chocolate-malt-cookies.html

Bad for you, but good!

I make a lot of holiday treats and send them onward to many people. Such as my work my husband's work, preschool, teachers and my husband's family.

Your toffee does look yummy!

Sandy said...

Wow, does that ever look wonderful. I am going to make that this weekend for sure. I too rarely break out my candy thermometer. This looks like it would be worth it though.

Nancy Claeys said...

"my" peanut brittle. Oh so good and crunchy!

renae said...

Lisa! oh! i am NOT a cook. i try and i am soooooooo BAD at it. my artsy brain won't let me cook. my HM is the cook and not the artsy dude at all. hahaha, we balance each other out.

Ginny said...

Oh yum, this is a marvelous picture, too. In my warped thinking, I would slurp it all up before it was cooled, or maybe dump it all over vanilla ice-cream!

Valerie said...

I'm making this, and I DON'T plan on giving any away;)

Thanks for posting this Lisa! It looks like it's totally worth getting out the candy thermometer to make!

Betsy Adams said...

Oh Wow--did this ever bring back memories. My Mom made this stuff every year at Christmas when I was growing up. We gave it to teachers, etc. as gifts... My job was to cut and wrap it in Wax Paper... I even have an old picture somewhere of me doing that... Need to find that picture...

Thanks for the memories.
Hugs,
Betsy

Sally said...

Oh goodness. That looks so good. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

And, for some reason it also reminds me of when my mom used to make taffee. Yum. :)

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Those look soooo good.

Debbie said...

Sounds so yummy and homemade is always best!

So fun to use a family recipe that has been handed down!

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

my oh my, this looks heavenly! I may have to try making this tomorrow

Debby@Just Breathe said...

That looks delicious. Thank you for sharing Aunt Carolyn's recipe with us :)

Marissa said...

Thanks for sharing - I'm in need of sweet treat recipes for Christmas. I'll be making this!

Chatty Crone said...

I just made some toffee this weekend. Yours looks great! sandie

Sonya @ Under the Desert Sky said...

Whoa! I love that kind of candy!

Myna Kay said...

It looks absolutely sinful!!lol Enjoy!

Jacquelineand.... said...

I'll have to show this recipe to the Great Scot; he is the house toffee maker...this looks seriously good!

Grandma Bonnie said...

oh sounds yummy. I should make this for the holidays. I do have a few recipes I will slave over I might find so time later to post about them if my granddaughters will allow me some blogging time.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

That looks sooo yummy. Do you think if my moms made some- that they would give me a taste? If not- can I come to your house--- you always have so much fun,
love
tweedles

Miss Angie said...

That looks delicious, and I really want to try it!

Are We There Yet! said...

I haven't made toffee in years. I thought I commented on this in my other account too.... Hmmmmmmm going to have to come back and do that.

My Journey With Candida said...

Mmmmm Lisa, everytime I see that toffee, it makes my mouth water.

Michael Manning said...

Take out a couple, I'll be right over! :)

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Oooh, how delicious! I used to be all about making desserts that had lots of steps, but lately I just don't have the patience for it! But I will spend extra time on candy and cookies around the holidays.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

I'll be making this and, might, share but chances are about 50/50. Or not.

A Quiet Corner said...

Since I just got my cap put in, I'll stay away from toffee...but it shows does look delicious, Baby Girl!...:)JP