|Posted by Bee & John on September 1, 2013 at 11:05 PM|
It doesn't surprise me that Jo Whitton, from Quirky Cooking, had beaten everyone to the salted caramel craze! I remembered making her Rapadura-Maple Syrup Butter Toffee when she first posted it, in 2011 and LOVING it - but then forgot about it.
It came to mind a couple of weeks ago, as I had bought my first big bag of Rapudura sugar (always used Raw Sugar in the past). After the first fail (I had to throw out the saucepan AND the toffee) I gave it another go and OMG! What is it but salted caramel toffee!!
I think I've made it about 5 times over the past few weeks. Research of course!! Trying to make it easy for anyone else who would like to make it. The hints below may make it seem difficult.. but the hints make it seem harder than it is... it is easy really! and the taste of them is AMAZING
1- If you are roasting nuts for the toffee.... watch them, they can burn quickly
2- When you are crushing the nuts - CAREFUL! in your thermomix on about speed 4 for 1-2 seconds or you'll get powder.... now powder isn't BAD... just not as pretty - I have made them without nuts... FAB.
3- I used a candy themometer when I first made it a few weeks ago, thinking htat it will save me from burning it (the very FIRST time I tried it in 2011 I burnt the first attempt), but this time I was going to make it foolproof and use that brand new candy themometer.... I burnt the toffee SO badly I had to throw away my saucepan and air out the house for a day.... on a COLD day! yuk! The candy themometer is now in the bin!
4- The main bits of advice
5- to make sure the mixture turns into toffee and not a gritty sort of fudge....
6- using a silicon spatula means you can stir quite easily, get all the toffee out of the pan (I was quite surprised how much it got out... all the better for us nom nom!!) and it is easier to lick than a wooden spoon.
7- when it is completely cold, stab it with a knife to break it into shards
8- keep in the fridge or freezer (we do the fridge thing) to keep it from getting sweaty