Posts Tagged ‘Candy’

The ChocolateDoctor’s Home-Made Chocolate Almond Toffee (Almond Roca-Style Candy)

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011

Harry Brown and J. C. Haley invented Almond Roca in 1912. It is that famous log-shaped, butter-almond toffee confection, individually wrapped in gold foil and packaged in a pink tin can. There is nothing better than receiving one the original tins for a holiday unless it’s a batch of homemade almond toffee made in your own kitchen. Giving the gifts that you make yourself are gifts from the heart.

You won’t need any special equipment when making homemade almond toffee—not even a candy thermometer. You will need to stir the toffee constantly and watch the color as you bring it to a medium mahogany color.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Cool Time: 4 to 6 hours
Yield: about 2 pounds

Ingredients:
2 cups unsalted butter (for this recipe I used Plugrá butter)
2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
1 cup whole roasted almonds, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of pure almond extract
1 1/2 cup Choclatique Private Reserve Dark Chocolate Pastilles, or
Choclatique Heirloom Milk Chocolate Pastilles
1/2 cup almonds, ground for almonds for coating the logs
Nonstick cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Spray a 13 x 9 x 2-inches jelly roll pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large heavy-bottomed 2-quart (or larger) saucepan, combine the butter sugar and water over high heat, stirring constantly, until they combine completely.
  3. Continue cooking over high heat while stirring. (if using a thermometer 300º F)
  4. Add coarsely chopped almonds until just mixed.
  5. Add the vanilla and almond extracts by pouring down the side of the pan to prevent the toffee from crystallizing.
  6. Quickly and carefully pour the hot toffee and almond mixture onto the prepared jelly roll pan. Tilt to spread evenly. Use a pot holder as the pan can get very hot.
  7. After 5 minutes, distribute the chocolate pastilles over the toffee mixture. When they have begun to melt, spread them over the top of the hot toffee with a silicone spatula.
  8. Sprinkle the ground nuts evenly over the top.
  9. Cool the toffee for at least 4 hours, and up to 8 hours, at room temperature until hardened completely. The almond toffee is thoroughly cool when the chocolate is slightly dull looking.
  10. Break into pieces and the almond toffee is ready to eat.

ChefSecret: I recommend using Plugrá Butter for the taste. It’s made with a higher butterfat content than most American butters (82% vs. 80%). That may not sound like much, but it makes a big difference in the final taste of the toffee.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s Chocolate-Peanut Butter Fudge

Friday, June 27th, 2014
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011

I love a good piece of fudge any time. It is a good thing to snack on when you need an energy boost. We thought about making Choclatique fudge, but decided it is so easy to make at home that we would just share one of our secret recipes with you. We’ve made it easy. There are just 5 ingredients, most of which you already have in your home pantry.

This fudge is seriously good. Best of all, it works every time. It is great to give as a hostess/host gift. Consider this a base recipe and feel free to mix things up a bit. You can change the chocolate and add different mix-ins or toppings to create a variety of flavors and textures. Last week we even swirled in 1/4 cup of Concord grape jelly. So, be creative; we leave it up to you.

Ingredients:
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
16 oz. confectioner’s sugar (about 3 ½ cups)
1 1/2 cups Choclatique Heirloom Milk Chocolate Pastilles

Directions:

  1. Prepare an 8 x 8 baking dish lined with food film, parchment or wax paper and set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt the butter and peanut butter. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla extract and confectioner’s sugar. Stir with a wooden spoon until just incorporated.
  3. Transfer the base mixture to a medium size bowl and whip it using an electric mixer for about 2 minutes.
  4. Transfer the base mixture into the prepared baking dish. Press it down with a spatula and smooth until level.
  5. Microwave the milk chocolate in a small bowl for 1 minute. Stir until melted, smooth and shiny (heat for an additional 30 seconds if needed). Pour melted chocolate over the fudge, and use a spatula to gently spread it.
  6. Let the fudge cool at room temperature for 4-5 hours before cutting into 1-inch pieces.

ChefSecrets: If you want a less sweet tasting fudge substitute Choclatique Private Reserve Dark Chocolate Pastilles for the milk chocolate pastilles for the topping. Cooling the fudge at room temperature for 4 to 5 hours will reduce the amount of crystallization that you can get with poorly prepared fudge. You can quickly set the fudge in the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes, but expect that it may crystallize and taste a bit gritty. You will see condensation if you try to serve it at room temperature after refrigerating. So, just try to allow enough time to cool it properly.

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