Friday, February 22, 2013

Vegan Toasted Pecan Toffee

Vegan Toasted Pecan Toffee
I don't think there is one person who doesn't think candy, in some form, isn't comforting. Whether you like it sweet or savory candy can make you happy and in turn, not stop eating it. This recipe consists of both sweet and savory with the sweet melted chocolate and the savory and salty caramel. You top it with extra pecans and you are one step away from heaven. This recipe makes not only a delicious treat for yourself but would also make a great gift for someone special in your life. Pack it up in a cellophane bagging a little bow and/or ribbon and your labor of love is someones special surprise...just try not to eat it all on them! Enjoy!


Vegan Toasted Pecan Toffee

Ingredients

1 cup vegan butter or margarine
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3 Tablespoons corn syrup
3 Tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 or 2 1/2 cups pecans, chopped (depends on how much pecans you want)
8 ounces vegan chocolate, chunked or chocolate chips


Directions

Heat oven to 350 Degrees

In a small bowl toss the raw pecans lightly with butter or spray with cooking spray until evenly coated. Spread the pecans in a single layer on a non-stick cookie sheet or a lined baking sheet with parchment paper. Bake for 5-7 minutes until aromatic, you have to watch them carefully as they are easily scorched. Remove from oven when toasted and allow to completely cool before using in recipe.

On medium heat, in a medium sauce pan add your vegan butter or margarine and melt it. Wait two minutes until the butter is completely melted. Stir in sugar, salt, corn syrup, and water. Cook the mixture, stirring continuously until the mixture bubbles and a thermometer reaches 300 degrees. Remove from the heat and stir in 1 to 1 1/2 cups of pecans.

*BE VERY CAREFUL, HOT!*
Pour the hot toffee out onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread out the mixture onto the sheet in a semi-round form and to the desired thickness you want. Set aside and cool when formed.

Shaped Tofee 

When the toffee is cool,  you can start on the chocolate. In a microwave safe bowl add 4 ounces chocolate and heat the chocolate for 20 to 30 second intervals, stirring after each 20 to 30 seconds until the chocolate is melts and is completely smooth. Take your melted chocolate and spread it over the cooled toffee and then immediately sprinkle with the 1/2 cup pecans. Take your toffee and let firm up and cool completely until you can carefully flip it over and repeat the same chocolate and pecan process finishing with the remaining 4 ounces of chocolate and 1/2 cup of pecans. And let it cool completely again.


Flipped Toffee

Once your finished toffee is completely cooled, you can break it into pieces. Either break into big pieces or smaller with a hammer or knife. Serve or package as gift to someone special. Enjoy!


-Amy