'Tis the season of giving, so I thought I'd share some of my favorite recipes with you. Every year my family goes all out in terms of food, as you might have guessed by my previous post, and cookies are at the forefront of that. We have a family cookbook that certain people outside the family have been lucky enough to get their hands on, and I must say, it's close to my heart as well. Here is one of my favorite recipes that we bake annually. It's incredibly simple and delicious.
Christmas English Toffee
1 stick butter
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoon water
In a 9 inch cake pan take a handful of chopped pecans and sprinkle evenly on bottom of pan. You may add more or less depending on your preference. Set aside. In a frying pan over medium/medium high heat, melt butter, sugar, and water. Stir until smooth and let it bubble. It will start to brown... go dark brown. When it looks a copper brown, and it is bubbling, immediately pour it over the pecans in the cake pan, and using the back of a spoon spread it out so it is even. Immediately take 2-3 handfuls of chocolate chips and sprinkle on top, and after 30-40 seconds, using the back of a different spoon, spread the chocolate over the toffee. Add more for a thicker top coat of chocolate. It should be smooth and shiny. Refrigerate until hardened. After toffee is hardened and chocolate is cooled, remove from refrigerator and remove from pan by hitting bottom. Toffee will be broken in pieces. Keep refrigerated.