Cooking Classics: Chocolate-Bourbon Salted Toffee

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The Technique

Chocolate-Bourbon Salted Toffee

Toffee is surprisingly simple to make & contrary to what many may think, it is one of those candies that needs to be stirred constantly during preparation so that the mixture remains cohesive during the cooking process. Have all of the ingredients measured ahead of time & be certain the pan that will be used to pour the candy onto to has been generously coated with cooking spray. Have it close to the cooking area so that once the almonds are added, it can be poured out quickly & carefully. Before getting started, look to The Essential Guide To Making Homemade Candy for valuable pointers & advice. Learn how to make easy & irresistible Chocolate-Bourbon Salted Toffee, the ideal candy for sharing with family & friends. 

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makes about 1 2/3 lbs 

1 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter, cut into pieces
3 Tbsp bourbon
1 Tbsp light corn syrup 
3/4 cup lightly salted roasted almonds, chopped & divided
2/3 cup bittersweet chocolate morsels

Lightly grease the bottom & the sides of a half sheet pan. Pour the sugar into a 3 1/2-quart saucepan with tall sides. Top with the butter, the bourbon & the corn syrup & place over Medium heat. As the sugar melts, blend with a wooden spoon to combine. Remove the spoon. Allow the mixture to come to a steady boil. When the mixture is bubbly all over the surface, attach a candy thermometer to the side of the pot. Continue to cook & begin stirring constantly with a different wooden spoon, until the mixture reaches 295 degrees. Remove from the heat & add 1/2 cup of the almonds blending well. Quickly pour the candy onto a lightly greased half sheet pan & spread to 1/3-inch thickness. Let stand 2 minutes. Sprinkle the chocolate morsels over the warm surface & let stand 2 minutes. Spread the chocolate into an even layer using a small offset spatula. Top with the remaining 1/4 cup chopped almonds. Let stand at room temperature until the chocolate sets, about 2 hours. Cut the candy into pieces using a chef knife. Store at room temperature in an air tight container up to 7 days. 

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Cooking Classics. Salted Chocolate-Bourbon Toffee By Rebecca Gordon Editor-In-Chief Buttermilk Lipstick Culinary & Entertaining Brand Cooking & Baking Tutorials How To Make Homemade English Toffee Candy Making Pastry Chef Writer Food Stylist Digital Culinary Photo Journalist TV Cooking Personality Modern Southern Socials Game Day Entertaining How To Make Bourbon-Almond ToffeeHow To Make Chocolate-Bourbon Salted Toffee

Chocolate-Bourbon Salted Toffee is a rich blend of candy by which butter is basically suspended inside of hot, molten sugar. Once cool, expect a crisp, buttery snap with toasty notes throughout from the almonds. Although delicious with the layer of chocolate over the surface, it can be prepared without it if you prefer. Conversely, milk or white chocolate would make for a lovely confection as well. 

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When preparing candy, never use a smaller pot than what is called for in the recipe. The ingredients often times will double or triple from their original volume as they begin to cook. A few key pieces of equipment will be needed in order to complete the task. Read through the recipe instructions before beginning. Here’s what you should know.

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The Preparations

One of the most important factors to guarantee success when making candy from scratch is to be certain that any prep work is taken care of in advance. Lightly grease the bottom & the sides of a half sheet pan. Measure all if the ingredients & make certain they are close at hand. 

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The Cooking Procedure

Pour the sugar into a 3 1/2-quart saucepan with tall sides. Top with the butter, the bourbon & the corn syrup & place over Medium heat. As the sugar melts, blend with a wooden spoon to combine. Remove the spoon. Allow the mixture to come to a steady boil. 

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When the mixture is bubbly all over the surface, attach a candy thermometer to the side of the pot. Continue to cook & begin stirring constantly with a different wooden spoon, until the mixture reaches 295 degrees. Remove from the heat. 

This candy requires your full attention as it will need to be stirred during the entire process. Be certain to use a long wooden spoon & stir all over the bottom of the pot. Stir behind the candy thermometer a time or two for good measure to be certain nothing is sticking.

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The Pouring

Add 1/2 cup of the almonds blending well. Quickly pour the candy onto a lightly greased half sheet pan & spread to 1/3-inch thickness. A small palate knife works well. Let stand 2 minutes. 

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The Chocolate Morsels

Sprinkle the chocolate morsels over the warm surface. 

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The Melting

Let stand 2 minutes so that the chocolate softens. 

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The Layer Of Chocolate

Spread the chocolate into an even layer using a small offset spatula. 

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The Almond Garnish

Top with the remaining 1/4 cup chopped almonds.

If the chocolate morsels are added to soon over the surface of the candy while warm, the chocolate may get too hot. Once it cools & completely sets, you may notice white splotches over the surface where the cocoa butter has separated from the chocolate liquor. The candy is perfectly safe to eat. If you prefer, the pan of candy can be refrigerated while warm to avoid the possibility of this occurring.

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The Chocolate-Bourbon Salted Toffee

Let the candy stand at room temperature until the chocolate sets, about 2 hours. Cut the candy into pieces using a chef knife. Store at room temperature in an air tight container up to 7 days. 

The Clean Up

Candy making is sticky business. Fill the saucepan with water & place it back on the stove eye. Submerge any utensils used & bring the water to a boil. Any remaining sugar syrup will disintegrate during the process.

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