Coconut Almond Toffee ~ Secret Recipe Club

by Kate on October 8, 2012

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If you asked me a year ago when I took on my first ever attempt at any sort of candy making if I would ever do it again, I probably would have said “Not likely.” It was a fun experience but it was also very challenging and a little frustrating. Flash forward a year later and surprisingly, my candy making repertoire has grown considerably. I’ve come to realize that with a little practice and patience, it’s not nearly as difficult as I once thought. Recently I’ve been thinking that I’d really like to try making toffee.

Toffee is one of my all-time favorite candies. I love to bite into a crispy buttery piece and savor each bite as it melts in my mouth. After searching through recipe after mouth-watering recipe on I Was Born To Cook , my blog for this month’s Secret Recipe Club, I stumbled on some delectable toffee with almonds and knew that was the recipe for me. But Melissa definitely didn’t make it easy for me. Oh no, her site is filled with a ton of amazing recipes. I immediately liked her because she’s a Jersey girl and well, we have to stick together. I also love her attitude and her focus on family and tradition.


While reading posts, Melissa mentioned that she’s more of a cook than a baker. Could have fooled me! Sure, she has an amazing catalog of divine dishes but her baking posts are numerous as well. Now, back to the attitude I like so much. When Melissa acknowledged that baking wasn’t her strong point she decided to challenge herself to get better by baking her family’s birthday cakes for the entire year. Whatever cake they desired, she would deliver. She started off with German Chocolate Cake for her mother’s birthday and that happens to be my very favorite cake too! From there, she’s created some heavenly cakes indeed.

In fact, she had a ton of things to satisfy my savory side and my sweet tooth. Like that almond toffee I was telling you about that’s also topped with pecans and Heath bar pieces too! Toffee on top of toffee… Yeah! So I got down to the business of candy making with a few minor adjustments. I didn’t have pecans nor did I have Heath bars since I can’t have them in the house due to Maddy’s allergy. So this is where improvisation comes into play. I had the almonds and thought they would be just fine all by themselves. That is until I remembered I had some coconut chips in the cabinet that would be perfect! I adore the combination of almond and coconut together. I’m totally addicted to the coconut almond KIND bars. Have you had them?? If not, oh my goodness… you need to. But I digress. Toffee ended up being so easy to make! The sweet buttery toffee was perfection with the toasted almonds and coconut chips. This was a treat that was hard to stop snacking on!

Enjoy!

~K

Coconut Almond Toffee ~ Secret Recipe Club

Cook Time: 10 minutes

10 minutes

Coconut Almond Toffee ~ Secret Recipe Club

Smooth, buttery toffee topped with toasted almond bits and coconut chips.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup whole almonds, toasted and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup coconut chips

Instructions

  1. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the sugar, water and butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring just until combined.
  3. Bring to a boil. Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer registers 325° or until syrup begins to caramelize. Stir in vanilla and salt.
  4. Working quickly, pour sugar mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and spread to desired thickness.
  5. Let toffee stand 5 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle chocolate over warm toffee; let stand 2-3 minutes.
  7. Spread melted chocolate in an even layer over the toffee.
  8. Immediately sprinkle with chopped almonds and coconut chips.
  9. Let stand until completely cool, at least 1 hour. Break toffee into pieces.
  10. Enjoy!

Notes

Plus 1 hour cooling time.

Adapted from I Was Born To Cook

http://foodbabbles.com/2012/10/coconut-almond-toffee-secret-recipe-club/

Now let’s see what the rest of the Secret Recipe Club was up to this month!



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AmandaE October 8, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Great SRC pick! I am a huge toffee fan, but have never tried making it myself.
I had a great time being partnered with your blog this month, I made your amazing sweet potatoes & apples
http://www.dancingveggies.com/blog/2012/10/thought-i-heard.html for the direct link :-)

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AmandaE October 8, 2012 at 1:20 pm

so sorry, was going too fast: http://www.dancingveggies.com/blog/2012/10/out-of-sight.html is the correct link :-)

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Kate October 8, 2012 at 2:21 pm

You should definitely give it a go… SO easy! Now, I can’t wait to go check out your blog.

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melissa@IWasBornToCook October 8, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Jersey girls unite! :) Glad you enjoyed my blog – hope you continue to follow, as I will with yours! Oh, and my name is Melissa…not Michelle ;)

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Kate October 8, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Ahhh! OH NO!! I just went back and looked and see I wrote “Melissa” in the first paragraph and then Michelle in the third paragraph. I’m SO sorry! I’ll be editing that right now ;)

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melissa@IWasBornToCook October 9, 2012 at 7:08 pm

that’s ok!

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Matt mmWine Horbund October 8, 2012 at 7:35 pm

That toffee looks amazing! I love how you can’t fit another nut on top if you tried!

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Kate October 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Ha! Yes, I did make sure I utilized every free space for nutty coconut-y goodness ;)

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Kim Bee October 8, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Oh my gosh Kate, this is stunning. I mean pass out on the floor kind of good.

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Kate October 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Wow! Thanks Kim!!

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Tessa October 8, 2012 at 9:55 pm

I’ve made a few candies, but like you were, I am not completely sold (largely because I am not completely comfortable making it). Nonetheless, there can be no other word for this toffee than beautiful. It looks great!!

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Kate October 11, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Thanks Tessa! I have become more patient with the process of candy making which has helped make it a more enjoyable experience and much less stressful too.

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Barbara | Creative Culinary October 9, 2012 at 12:52 pm

LOVE homemade toffee and coconut is a great addition. Perfect for those moments when ‘Sometimes you feel like a nut.’ :)

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Kate October 11, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Yes! I’m wishing I had some of this right now. I’m feeling my sweet tooth in overdrive and this would be just the thing to sooth it. Perhaps this will happen this afternoon here ;)

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Delishhh October 9, 2012 at 1:44 pm

What a great idea. Looks so good!

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Kate October 11, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Thanks! It definitely is. You should give it a go!

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Deborah October 9, 2012 at 4:29 pm

I can’t resist when it comes to toffee. This looks SO good!!

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Kate October 11, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Neither can I ;) Thanks Deborah!

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cookingrookie October 10, 2012 at 4:36 am

oh, yum! This bark looks delicious and would make such a perfect gift for the holidays! And it would be a chance for me to learn to make toffee :-). Thanks for this post and great SRC pick!

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Kate October 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Thanks! You should give it a try… It’s truly an easy thing to make and dangerously tasty.

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Kristina October 10, 2012 at 12:48 pm

toffee is my favorite, too… the first time I made it I was not patient enough (or just thought it was “done”) so it did set up, but it was soft. still good, still ate it ;)

this looks amazing – love the toppings!

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Kate October 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Ooo… soft toffee is still good toffee ;) And thanks! Glad you like my version.

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Margaret October 10, 2012 at 4:08 pm

I would have to say that toffee is my fav type of candy. And I don’t make it nearly enough. Course then it wouldn’t be special. This one is a definite.

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Kate October 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Thanks Margaret!

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Terra October 11, 2012 at 12:02 am

You know, I just realized my candy making is next to none. It may be time to change that:-) Looks awesome, AND would be a rockin’ snack while traveling:-) Hugs, Terra

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Kate October 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Thanks Terra! This would definitely make any road trip ah-mazing!

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Karyn - Pint Sized Baker October 13, 2012 at 8:44 pm

That looks great! Can’t go wrong with toffee.

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Kate October 15, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Thanks Karyn! I adore toffee!

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