As a child I have fond memories my Grandpa making the most delicious toffees and caramels the world has ever known. He did this every Christmas, and it is a memory I will cherish always. I still remember the many hours he put into making them, continually stirring the candy, being ever so careful until it hit just the right temperature. After they cooled I also remember being recruited to wrap the candies… oh, so many candies.
I never want to forget the taste of these sweet treats, so as an adult I decided to continue the tradition and start making the same toffees and caramels for our holidays. They are a labor love and full of sweet nostalgia… and completely worth the effort. To be honest, to date I have yet to share my grandpa’s special caramel recipe with anyone… perhaps someday I will, but today is all about the other family favorite: toffee.
Below I am sharing our yummy English Toffee recipe. They are just as delicious as the caramels, but are much easier and quicker to make. Before you begin, make sure you have a good candy thermometer. Trust me, I learned from experience that an exact temperature and a good candy thermometer make or break this recipe. I hope you enjoy the toffees as much a we do. I dare you to try and eat just one. Happy Holidays!
Pecan English Toffee
- Candy Thermometer
- Wooden Spoon
- Pot Holders
- Cookie Sheet
- Pizza Cutter
- Measuring Spoons
- Measuring Cup
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 lb salted butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp water
- 1 cup pecans finely chopped
- Combine sugar, butter, vanilla and water in a pot.
- Cook over medium to medium/high heat stirring constantly until candy reaches 290 degrees.
- Remove from heat and pour onto buttered pan or cookie sheet.
- Immediately sprinkle with pecans before the candy cools.
- As the candy starts to cool take a pizza cutter to gently cut in “cracking points” in the soft toffee. These lines make it easier to break or cut the toffee into perfect squares after it has cooled.
- Set aside and let cool... usually about 15 to 20 minutes.
- Once cooled, break the toffee along the "cracking points"... and enjoy!