Monday, January 20, 2014

Chocolate Almond Buttercrunch

Today is National Buttercrunch Day. I take that to mean Chocolate Almond Buttercrunch Toffee. According to the Nibble, American-Style Toffee is Buttercrunch. It's also called Almond Buttercrunch. You may be familiar with Almond Roca which was launched in 1923 by Brown & Hale. Many chocolatiers and other producers of buttercrunch call their products toffee or almond toffee or English toffee. So no wonder you may be confused.

Food & Wine has the easiest recipe by Grace Parisi, and one you'll want to make it. It does involve a candy thermometer, but it's still easy and worth it!

No time to cook? Grab a piece of Toffee from one of your favorite chocolatiers. I love Toffee Talk Almond Toffee.


2 sticks sweet butter 
1 1/2 cups sugar  
2 Tbsp water 
1 cup salted roasted almonds—3/4 cup coarsely chopped, 1/4 cup finely chopped  
1 Tbsp Madagascar vanilla extract 
1 1/2 tsp coarse sea salt, crumbled  
8 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped (Of course use the very best chocolate!)

Line 8-by-11-inch baking pan with foil. Spray foil with vegetable oil.

In heavy saucepan, melt butter. Stir in sugar and water and bring to boil. Wash down side of the pan with moistened pastry brush. Cook over moderate heat, stirring with wooden spoon, until deeply golden caramel forms and temperature reaches 300° on candy thermometer, 15 minutes; if sugar and butter separate, stir vigorously to blend. Remove from heat and add the coarsely chopped almonds, vanilla and salt. Scrape toffee into prepared pan; let cool for 10 minutes. 

Sprinkle half of chocolate over the toffee and let stand until melted. Spread chocolate over toffee and sprinkle with half of finely chopped almonds. Freeze toffee for 10 minutes.  

Invert toffee onto foil-lined baking sheet and peel off foil backing. In microwave safe bowl, melt remaining chocolate. Spread melted chocolate over top of toffee and sprinkle with remaining finely chopped almonds. Let toffee cool, then break into shards. 

1 comment:

Rosita Vargas said...

una golosina crujiente y exquisito muy bien preparado me encanta,abrazos.