Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Saltine Toffee

I came across this recipe sometime this past year and saved it, thinking that would be a great holiday treat to pass out. I mean who doesn't love toffee, it is so melt in your mouth smooth and buttery, and delicious too. This is a nice and quick alternative to the traditional English toffee that I enjoy so much.

Just like making the real thing, this mock toffee can be tricky to make. It needs to be cooked just perfectly to yield the right caramelized taste without being a sugary mess. The crackers add the perfect crunch for those people that love eating crunchy things (such as myself). :) This recipe is easy and delicious. Perfect for the busy holiday seasons.

Saltine Toffee
Joelen's Culinary Adventures

1 stick butter
1/2 cup light or dark brown sugar
saltines - enough to line your baking sheet
1-2 cups semi chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped nuts

1. Preheat oven to 400. Line your baking sheet with foil.
2. Neatly place saltines on the foil lined baking sheet.
3. In a sauce pan, melt butter and add brown sugar. Allow butter and sugar to caramelize and boil for 2-3 minutes. Pour mixture over the saltines and spread it around to cover evenly.
4. Bake saltines in the preheated oven for 5 minutes.
5. Remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over the saltines. Allow it to rest for 2 minutes - enough for chocolate chips to melt. Using a rubber spatula or spreader, spread the melted chocolate over the saltines to evenly coat. Sprinkle the top with chopped nuts. Refrigerate to harden the chocolate. Break into random pieces.


Sally said...

This is my ABSOLUTE favorite holiday recipe. I've been making it for years, and I call it Poor Man's Toffee. I like it better than real English toffee. I got the recipe from a friend's mom back in college, and everyone I know requests it every year.

I do a few things differently, and I've never had a problem with it. My recipe calls for one layer of crackers on a cookie sheet, but I use twice as much butter and brown sugar (2 cubes of butter and 1 cup brown sugar). I also use 12 oz of choc chips (semi sweet) and 1 cup chopped walnuts.

I spray my foil w/ Pam first, and boil for exactly 3 minutes.

It's SO yummy! I've already made 2 batches this season and may have to make one more!

Ally said...

Definitely a favorite holiday treat for me. Great pictures!

Jan Scholl said...

I make something similar using matzo crackers and bitttersweet chocolate with crushed pistacios. a diabetic nightmare

What's Cookin Chicago said...

This is one of my fave, easy go to recipes when I have lots of saltine crackers left over! :)

Jessica said...

Yum :)