It's Midol Week for me and, as always, I was craving chocolate big time last night.
But we didn't have any chocolate.
I have an aversion against leaving my home at night so I sat here trying to figure out what to do.
Then I realized I had all the ingredients I needed in order to make toffee.
So...at 9:30 last night...I decided to make toffee.
Step 1: Pour a bag of slivered almonds on a baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes at 350 degrees.
Listen up...if you've never roasted almonds you're missing out on the best.smell.ever! Gosh they smell pretty goodly! Like...I was inhaling them big time! (Note...they taste good too which is why I was missing a solid handful by the time they made it into the blender. LOL!)
Step 2: Put the almonds in the blender or food processor and chop finely.
Step 3: Spread half on a baking sheet.
Step 4: Add one stick of unsalted butter (sliced into pieces), 1-1/4 cup of packed light brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of water, 1 tablespoon of light Karo corn syrup to a pot and stir bringing to boil. Once it boils, put the top on it for 1 minute (gotta evaporate all the sugar on the sides of the pot). Then let it cook for about 3 more minutes. (I don't have a candy thermometer so I just kept cooking it until it looked right.)
Phone rings. It's Shelly.
Shelly: Whatchu doing?
Me: Making toffee.
Shelly: DA HELL?????????? Who the hell makes TOFFEE??????????????????
Me: I wanted chocolate. I had all the ingredients for toffee. Midol Week.
Shelly: Oh. I understand.
Me: I gotta go...it's boiling and I gotta pay attention.
Step 5: Add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of vanilla and mix quickly. Remove from heat.
Step 6: Pour hot mixture over almonds and spread as evenly as possible.
Step 7: Pour chocolate chips over super hot mixture. They will start to melt and you can spread the chocolate over the mixture evenly.
Step 8: Spread remaining almond crumbs on the top.
Step 9: Place in fridge until chocolate hardens.
Step 10: Fall asleep before chocolate hardens so you go to bed cuz ain't nobody got time for that at 10:30pm.
Step 11: Wake up the next morning and notice that SOMEONE has already tried a piece of the toffee by breaking off a big hunk.
Step 12: Break it up and put it in a container.
Step 13: Plan to enjoy some during the day cuz really...it's too early to have toffee.
Have you ever made toffee? What's the last candy and/or dessert you've made from scratch?