Prep 45 mins
Cook 24 hrs
This is a great recipe if you enjoy toffee. We make it every year around the holidays and give it as small gifts.
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1⁄2 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 2 cups light corn syrup
- 1⁄2 cup water
- 2 cups sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
- 1 tablespoon Bourbon or 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup chopped pecan nuts
- vegetable oil cooking spray
- Coat a 9-by-13-by-1 1/2 inch baking pan with cooking spray; set aside.
- In a 2-quart saucepan, combine the cream and condensed milk; set aside.
- In a heavy 3-to 4-quart saucepan, combine corn syrup, water, sugar, and salt.
- Cook, over high heat, stirring with a wooden spoon, until sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes.
- Reduce heat to medium, cook without stirring until the temperature reaches the hard-ball stage on a candy thermometer (260 degrees), about 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, heat the cream mixture over low heat until it is warm- Do not boil.
- When the sugar mixture reaches 260 degrees, slowly stir in the butter and warmed cream mixture, keeping the mixture boiling at all times.
- Stirring constantly, cook over medium heat until the mixture reaches the firm-ball stage (248 degrees), about 15 minutes.
- Stir in the bourbon or vanilla and the nuts.
- Immediately pour into the prepared pan and let sit uncovered at room temperature for 24 hours.
- Spray a large cutting board generously with vegetable-oil spray and unmold the toffee from the pan onto sprayed surface.
- Cut into pieces, and wrap each in cellophane or waxed paper.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month.
- The number of servings depend on how small toffee is cut.