Thursday, December 3, 2009

Holiday Treats part 1

The easiest and probably my favorite Christmas treat that's a tradition in the Bunas and Fink homes (my mother's family). Passed down from my Great Grandma Clara. Super easy and really tasty.

English Toffee

1 c sugar
1 c butter/ 2 sticks (not margarine--has to be butter)
3 Hershey bars
chopped dry roasted almonds (recipe below)

To roast the almonds, set oven to 250, place whole raw almonds on cookie sheet and roast for about 45 mins. You will smell them when they are ready. Chop finely. They should be a golden brown color, and if they are too light in color, you can carefully toast them again after chopping.

For Toffee, put a couple of handfuls of almonds on the bottom of a 10 x 8 pan (a small cake pan will work). Combine sugar and butter in heavy bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly, til mixture turns deep tan, caramelly colored. Remove from heat, pour over chopped almonds. let cool a couple of minutes, then place the hershey bars over the top of the toffee, let melt, spread the chocolate to coat top of toffee. Sprinkle more chopped almonds on top.

break into small pieces and serve. Great for neighbor gifts, or having out at Christmas parties, or just for the holidays. Very rich though, so you only need a few pieces. Enjoy!

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