Today is National Bundt Day so I want to start by wishing everyone a Happy Bundt Day :) If I didn't already have two baking group posts scheduled for today (MSC post here) I would gladly have participated. If you need a Bundt fix, head over to Mary's site - The Food Librarian - to see the 30 (yes, 30!) Bundts she's posted over the past month!
Today is also Sunday, which means Sweet Melissa Sundays! This week's recipe was selected by Kaitlin of Kait's Plate: butter toffee crunch. I'm not much of a candy maker to be honest. As I was telling a few friends on Twitter earlier today, I am more than happy to buy my candy at the store and stick to making cakes and cookies at home. Also, neither Shane nor I are toffee fans. Still, I wanted to give the recipe a shot and as luck would have it, Shane has a friend in town who said he'd be more than happy to try some of the toffee!
I'm not quite sure what to say about the process of making this recipe. For me, it ended up being really (surprisingly) easy. However, I know several of my SMS friends struggled and were disappointed in their results. I think the keys to my success were a reliable candy thermometer and a heavy-bottomed saucepan. I've tried candy making in the past with a less reliable thermometer and one of our cheap pans and things didn't go well. You also have to work quickly once the toffee comes up to temperature to get your vanilla and baking soda in and the candy spread. I quartered the recipe and used my Silpat on a rimmed baking sheet as the base for my candy.
Like I said, I don't like toffee but I did sample a small corner of the candy and actually thought it had good flavor. Shane's friend, Alex, humored me and ate some of the toffee I pushed on him when he and Shane got home from the movies a few minutes ago. I can report he gave it a thumbs-up! He liked the way the slight bitterness from the semi-sweet chocolate balanced the sweetness of the toffee layer.
Thanks to Kaitlin for a great pick this week! I think I'll be making some this holiday season for friends and family. You can find the recipe on her site or in the book. Stop by the SMS site to see all of the toffee that was made this week.