January 8th is National English Toffee Day.
Toffee is a hard candy made by caramelizing sugar or molasses along with butter, and sometimes flour or baking soda. English toffee is a buttery toffee made with butter, sugar and water. Classic English Toffee has no nuts. (Buttercrunch Toffee has nuts and chocolate.) The texture may vary from from soft and sticky to a hard and brittle.
Classic English Toffee
1 cup sugar
1 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup water
Bring sugar, butter, and water to a boil in heavy saucepan, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium, then cook about 10-13 minutes, stirring constantly, until 300°F on candy thermometer or until small amount of mixture dropped into cup of icy cold water separates into hard, brittle threads. Immediately pour toffee onto an ungreased cookie sheet. If necessary, quickly spread mixture to 1/4-inch thickness. Let stand at room temperature about 1 hour until firm. Break into pieces. Store in airtight container. Makes 3 dozen candies.
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