Friday, December 12, 2008

Merry Christmas

Oh, I love this time of year! I love cooking, baking, and mixing up something new and delicious. Sometimes I follow a recipe and sometimes not! The joy of experimenting in the kitchen. So during the holidays I will treat you with some of my holiday favorite recipes. I hope you enjoy!

English Toffee

2 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup light Karo Syrup
1/2 cup water
1 pound butter
1- 12 oz. bag milk chocolate chips
12 oz. sliced almonds

Add ingredients to large pot. Slowly, over a period of 30 minutes bring temperature up to 280 degrees. The color will eventually look like a brown paper lunch bag. Pour into a buttered sheet pan that is sprinkled with some almonds and a few chocolate chips. Even out the mixture and pour melted chocolate chips on top while hot. Sprinkle remaining almonds. Let cool completely and break into pieces with a butter knife. Enjoy!

I grew up with my mom's recipe but I like this one from my mother-in-law a bit better. It makes slightly more with the same amount of butter from the recipe I grew up with. It is important that you not let the mixture splash on the sides of the pan. It will almost double in size. Also, get the chocolate chips on while it is hot so the two adhere together nicely.

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