Each year we make toffee to share with our neighbors and friends at Christmas. This year is no different, but I'm starting it later than usual. (Remember I said my sense of urgency has fled?) But, I just finished my first batch and thought I'd post the recipe here. It's a very simple and quick recipe I got out of Southern Living magazine many years ago. (I don't have the author's name on the recipe, so I unfortunately I can't give credit where credit is due.) You would still have time to make this if you need a quick gift.
½ cup finely chopped pecans
½ cup butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup water
¾ cup semisweet chocolate morsels
¼ cup finely chopped pecans
Sprinkle ½ cup pecans in a 9-inch circle on a greased cookie sheet; set aside. Coat the top 2 inches of a 1 ½ quart glass bowl with butter; place remaining butter in bowl. Add sugar, salt, and water; do not stir. Microwave at HIGH 11 minutes or until mixture just begins to turn light brown; pour over pecans. Sprinkle with morsels; let stand 1 minute. Spread morsels over sugar mixture, and sprinkle with 1/4 cup chopped pecans. Chill until firm. Break into bite-size pieces. Yield: 1 pound.
One tip I just learned: don't leave it uncovered in the fridge over night. It doesn't feel quite right when you break it up, even though it still tastes good. Also, I've made this without nuts before and it's still tasty.
I have been knitting a bit. One ball band dishcloth is finished for my mother-in-law and the other one is started. After I finish a few more projects, I'm going to try knitting socks again. I'm looking forward to that.
Well, I guess I should wrap some presents while the toffee is chilling. Enjoy your evening!