Saturday, 3 October 2009

English Sponge Toffee, the recipe.....




English Sponge Toffee

2 1/2 cups white sugar
2/3 cups corn syrup
1/3 cups water

Have ready to pour in, 2 tsp. vanilla and 4 1/2 tsp baking soda.

Have ready a cookie sheet lined with foil and greased lightly.

You need a heavy 14 cup or more saucepan. Cook on medium heat till the sugar dissolves.
Bring the sugar, corn syrup and water
to a boil; cook without stirring until
it reaches hard crack stage. 300 F on the candy thermometer.
I kept brushing cold water around the sides of the pot so it wouldn't boil over.
Stand back and add the vanilla and then the soda, this will BUBBLE UP!!!
This is the dangerous part if you aren't paying attention, like me!!!

The mixture foams up FAST, pour onto the cookie sheet, have someone hold the pot for you, scrape the rest onto the pan. Let it sit all puffy and golden for two hours. This will be extremely hard because it smells and looks so good!!!
After it has cooled, you can break it into chunks. This is where I was going to dip it into chocolate, but instead I bagged it up as is. I think everyone will enjoy a taste from their childhood!!!
MB
p.s.
Thanks for the lovely comments, my hand is fine!!!
I missed my 100 post, I think I am up to 102 or so.....
Sorry I missed the giveaway for that one, I will have something for the next post!!!
I still have everyone's names in the hat from the carry over...........



18 comments:

Kathy said...

This is my moms favorite..whenever I travel and find it I bring some back for her...I'll try making it now! xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North mornings...

flamingo said...

Hi Margaret, thank you for the recipe it is my favorite:)))

Coastal Sisters said...

Thank you so much for the recipe!

Love to you dear one,
LuLu~*xoxo

Sea Angels said...

I hope you have good teeth with all of this gorgeous toffee, I can feel my cavitys aching, and my dentist rubbing his hands with glee...
Plus they look soooooooo good
Lots of hugs Lynn xxx

La Table De Nana said...

Gorgeous bags!

The White Bench said...

Dear Margaret,
love the way you wrapped it! It doubles pleasure when you receive something beautiful even from the outside, huh?
Hugs,
Monicaxx.
P.S Glad your hands are OK! They're precious!

Lori said...

Margaret, your toffee looks so cute all packaged up...thanks for the recipe...i'm glad your hand is doing better!!!

Diane said...

Thanks for the toffee recipe, Margaret, and also for the idea to wrap it special. It just makes it twice as good!!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Margaret,

I love the way you have wrapped the toffee and what sweet gifts they would make.
Here in NZ we call this Hokey pokey and was a wonderful childhood sweet.

Happy weekend
Hugs
Carolyn

Cindy said...

i have never heard of this before, but it looks totally awesome!

"bear's house" said...

Ohhhhhhhhh...my dearest!!!

THANKS A LOT!

SLURP!

This recipe is a really GOOD!!

...have you put your candy in the bags?...Have make you also the bags?

WOBDERFUL IDEAS!!! KISSES, NI from Italy

Mayflower said...

Hello dear Margaret, Mmmmmmmm I love toffees, a delicious recipe.
I wish you a very beautiful week.
Greetings from Holland.
Hugs, Mea

Libby Murphy said...

Oh the sponge toffee looks so good and I love the packaging. Great presentation. I bet it's good plain or dipped in chocolate!
Happy Twirls

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

How'd you know I loved toffee. I'm going to have to resist making it as I've decided these 10 lbs have to go! Hope your hand is mending fine!
xo,
Carole

blushing rose said...

Glad to hear you are doing better. This sounds dee-lish. Have to give it the old try.

Have a lovely eve. TTFN ~Marydon

Janet's Creations said...

Is this like peanut brittle without the peanuts? Sounds like it. I love to see the candy puff up -- it's like a science experiment. Hope your hand is better. Burns are so painful. I always enjoy your blog. Thanks for the joy! Janet

Velva said...

OMG! This is fabulous! Snow, how perfect. This blog post was so comforting. Thanks for sharing. Should I mention that it is still 90 degrees F and humid, humid, humid here in North Florida.

Very nice blog!

Bliss said...

Sake's alive! These look mighty pretty! And the recipe sounds yummy :)
I see your snow! Wow! And the mulling cider....perfect!!!