Sunday, March 04, 2007

Toffee Recipe

I love this recipe. It's so easy to put together and tastes so good! It's a perfect tea time treat. I like to have just a bit of chocolate with the other sweets at a tea. Plus, since this can be made ahead, it's a nice treat to make the day before the tea. (Just be sure to hide it, so there's still some left!) I think I've also frozen it after cutting it into squares.

This is a recipe I've passed out before for large teas where each person is bringing in some of the food. It's something that would be hard to mess up.

I made a half-batch of this today in a 9"x9" glass baking pan. I cooked it the full 20 minutes. I probably should have baked it a few extra minutes, as it was pretty thick. No matter, it was still delicious! Apparently Sweetheart would agree as a number of pieces were missing when I got up from my nap...

Toffee Recipe:

2 sticks butter (1/2 lb)
3/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 egg yolk

1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1 large package chocolate chips (12 oz.)
1 cup pecans, toasted and chopped

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 13x9 inch baking pan. Toast and chop the pecans and set aside.

2. Cream together butter and sugars on low speed. Add the egg yolk and vanilla. Beat well. Stir in the flour.

3. Spread this mixture into the baking pan. Bake 25 minutes. Remove from oven.

4. Sprinkle top with chocolate chips. Return pan to the oven for 3 minutes. Using a knife, spread the melted chocolate evenly across the surface of the pan. Sprinkle with the pecans. Cool completely and cut into squares. (Try not to eat the entire pan in one sitting.)

This recipe is from a wonderful book called Tea Time by Roni and Nancy Akmon. It's one of my favorite cookbooks for tea. The picture at the top of the post is the cover of the book. The cover illustration by Harrison Fisher is one of my absolute favorites!


Kelli said...

Kimberly, I am so excited you posted this yummy sounding recipe! We are having a friend over for dinner tomorrow night and I was at a loss over what to serve for dessert..this will be perfect! Thank you!

meg said...

This sounds absolutely wonderful- I wish I had this recipe a couple of weeks ago for our fundraiser tea!
You have a lovely site & I've enjoyed my visit. Some of the articles about late Victorian customs come in very handy, as I am just beginning my duties as a docent for an 1890 era house museum.
I will be back again to explore some of your tea things- I collect teapots (& am quickly running out of room)& love to see the collections of others.

Jodi said...

Mmm - I'll have to try this recipe; my oldest son loves toffee!

The Ramblin' Rat said...

I have got to try that. It sounds wonderful.


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