Christmas is fast approaching. Have you finished that shopping yet? Better get a move on. If you planning to make some small gifts to give out to friends and work colleagues may I suggest these buttery soft toffees? They want to be caramels but are more toffee like. Or are they more caramels who wants to be more like a toffee? Either way, they make great gifts once you've wrapped them up in cellophane bags with a cute little ribbon plus a cute little tag (thanks Chloe!) and they are extremely addictive. Be warned...addictive!!
Recipe: Makes 40 soft toffees (depending on how big you cut the pieces) (Recipe adapted from Sweet Things by Annie Rigg)
· 150g Demerara sugar
· 125g golden syrup
· 100g unsalted butter, diced
· 250ml double cream
· 150g caster sugar
· ½ teaspoon of sea salt, plus a little extra for garnish
· ½ vanilla pod seedsEquipment:
· Baking tray greased with sunflower oil and lined with silicone
· Sugar thermometer
· Small saucepan
· Rubber spatula
· 2 litre saucepan
· Extra baking paper
· Airtight container
Method1. Grease the tin with sunflower oil and line the tin with silicone paper.
2. Put the Demerara sugar, golden syrup, butter, double cream in a small pan and place over a low heat.
3. Stir the mixture until smooth and once the mixture is hot, remove the pan from the heat.
4. Place the caster sugar in a 2 litre pan with the 2 tablespoons of water and place over a low heat. Don’t stir the mixture but swirl the pan from time to time. Continue to cook until the mixture turns an amber colour.
5. Slide the pan off the heat and really carefully pour the hot cream mixture into the caramel mixture. It will hiss and spit so do be careful. Return the pan to a medium heat and place a sugar thermometer into the mixture and cook in 121c/250f.
6. As quick as you can add the vanilla seeds and sea salt and stir briefly to combine and pour into the prepared tin.
7. Leave to cool completely for at least for 4 hours or overnight.
8. Cut into little pieces with a hot knife, sprinkle with a little sea salt and wrap in silicone paper in cute twists and store in an airtight jar.