Time to get out your candy thermometers, bakers — toffee is next up on the schedule! Posting date is April 21.
Pecan and Almond Chocolate Toffee
Author: Matt Lewis & Renato Poliafito
Yield: 1.5 pounds
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1 cup toasted pecans
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 cup sugar
- 5 ounces dark chocolate (60 to 72% cacao), coarsely chopped
- 4 ounces milk chocolate, coarsely chopped
- Butter a 9-by-13-by-2-inch glass or metal baking pan (do not use nonstick spray).
- In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the almonds until they are a fine powder. Place the powdered almonds in a small bowl and set aside. In the same food processor bowl, pulse the pecans for just 1 or 2 seconds, or until they are coarsely chopped but not powdered. Set aside.
- Put the butter in a medium pan over low heat. When the butter is halfway melted, add the sugar and 1 tablespoon water and cook over low heat, stirring very gently with a silicone or rubber spatula, until completely combined. Clip a candy thermometer onto the side of the pan, turn the heat up to medium high, and wait for the mixture to reach 300 degrees F., about 15 minutes. The mixture will start to bubble and turn brown. If the browning seems uneven, swirl the pan during the cooking process but do not stir.
- Meanwhile, toss the dark and milk chocolate pieces together.
- When the mixture reaches 300 degrees F., remove the pan from the heat and remove the candy thermometer. Stir in the pecan pieces and pour the mixture into the prepared pan. After the mixture has evened out in the pan, wait 1 minute, then sprinkle the chocolate pieces all over the toffee. Wait about 3 minutes for the chocolate to melt, then use an offset spatula to spread the chocolate into an even layer. Sprinkle the almond powder over the melted chocolate, then carefully put the whole pan in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the freezer and break the toffee into pieces with a sharp knife. Store the toffee, between layers of parchment, in an airtight container at cool room temperature.
- The toffee will keep for up to 5 days.