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Ste. Anne’s Salted Caramel Toffee

One of the highlights of my recent Culinary Retreat to Ste. Anne’s Spa was of course, a visit to Ste. Anne’s Bakery. Here, you’ll find freshly prepared, gluten-free baked goods and a wide selection of cookies, cakes, breads, jams, chocolates and fruit butters made from products found on the Ste. Anne’s property. The bakery serves organic, locally roasted coffee and specialty teas, as well as quiche made with a gluten-free crust, fresh salads and a variety of wraps and sandwiches.

At the bakery, I found a little slice of heaven – in the form of Salted Caramel Toffee. This scrumptious brittle treat is dangerously addictive, combining smooth dark chocolate with a salty pecan crunch. For weeks, I thought about returning to the bakery just to splurge on a few confectionery delights… and Chef Khushroo must have sensed my obsession, because Ste. Anne’s recently published the recipe on their blog!

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Hence, I’m going to save my husband the drive and attempt this chocolatey treat at home first. And as someone who has enjoyed this toffee first-hand, trust me, this recipe’s a keeper!

INGREDIENTS

2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup glucose or corn syrup
4 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp sea salt
2 cups dark chocolate (60-70%)
1 cup pecans (optional)

Caramelize sugar, butter, vanilla extract and glucose until golden brown over high heat. Line baking tray with parchment paper. Pour ingredients onto tray, cover with parchment paper and use rolling pin to smooth. Let cool at room temperature for 4-5 hours.

Set a stainless steel bowl over a boiling pot of water. Add 1 cup of chocolate and stir until melted, then add remainder of chocolate until melted (stir occasionally).

Remove parchment paper and spread melted chocolate over toffee. Add pecans immediately, before chocolate solidifies. Flip and remove parchment paper on the other side and repeat process. Keep at room temperature until solid, break into desired pieces and enjoy!

CHEF’S CHOCOLATE TIPS:

• Avoid water from contaminating the chocolate
• Working temperature of chocolate should be 32ºC, highest melting temperatures should be about 46º-50ºC
• Adding additional chocolate aids crystallization, snap break, glossy appearance and shelf life

34 Responses to “Ste. Anne’s Salted Caramel Toffee”

  1. Lynda Cook
    June 7, 2014 at 10:19 am #

    OMG Lena, this looks so good and I can almost taste it, I would love to make this but I already know it wouldn’t taste as good as the chef’s, St. Annes sure does seem like heaven!!

  2. Debbie S.
    June 7, 2014 at 11:50 am #

    Sigh! Straight to my heart this recipe goes! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Judy C (Judy Cowan)
    June 7, 2014 at 1:11 pm #

    Oh my that looks so yummy, but so not on my diet right now :( I am going to mark it for later, might have to make some of this up at Christmas!

  4. Anne Taylor
    June 7, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

    I’d have this for breakfast if I could! lol I’ll be bookmarking this recipe for sure! Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Flora M
    June 7, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

    *Gasp* *YUM* *Scooped* !!!!
    Love dark chocolate and the pecans are a MUST ingredient for me :)
    Thank you for sharing !!!

  6. DebH
    June 7, 2014 at 4:50 pm #

    This recipe looks so good! I’m almost afraid to make it!

  7. Eldon
    June 7, 2014 at 7:49 pm #

    Looks delicious but so much sugar!

  8. Ella Pretty Blog
    June 8, 2014 at 12:26 am #

    Yum…am reading this at midnight and seriously craving some – looks AMAZING!

  9. MrDisco
    June 8, 2014 at 12:35 am #

    woah. that looks delectable

  10. Doris Calvert
    June 8, 2014 at 2:04 am #

    Oh my that does look good, thanks for sharing!

  11. Darlene Schuller
    June 8, 2014 at 8:44 am #

    oh heck yeah! This looks fabulous thank you!!

  12. Rick F
    June 8, 2014 at 9:54 am #

    That looks so good!!

  13. Nicky
    June 8, 2014 at 5:29 pm #

    wow, this looks amazingly delicious!

  14. JaimeeM
    June 8, 2014 at 6:21 pm #

    That looks so good!

  15. MrDisco
    June 9, 2014 at 12:51 am #

    it’s even better b/c of the dark chocolate. dark chocolate is good for you.

  16. marissa
    June 9, 2014 at 7:24 am #

    Looks yummy! Can’t wait to make it – dark chocolate and pecans are my fave too.

  17. Victoria Ess
    June 9, 2014 at 8:13 am #

    This looks so good! I really want to try this!

  18. Jennifer Lo
    June 9, 2014 at 3:11 pm #

    looks so yummy!

  19. caryn s
    June 9, 2014 at 3:15 pm #

    Wow this recipe looks sinfully delicious Lena!

  20. Yash
    June 9, 2014 at 4:15 pm #

    one word: mmmmmmmmmmm!

  21. La Cuisine d'Helene
    June 9, 2014 at 6:26 pm #

    I could survive on this and a week-end at the Spa Lena. Looks yum!

  22. Nancy J Montgomery
    June 10, 2014 at 2:44 am #

    Thanks for the recipe.

  23. Melinda L.
    June 12, 2014 at 11:08 am #

    Must indulge in this ASAP!

  24. Valerie Crawford
    June 16, 2014 at 7:51 pm #

    Wow! That looks so good. I can not wait to make this.

  25. Chandra Christine O'Connor
    June 17, 2014 at 12:26 pm #

    this recipe is great for gifts adding to my christmas baking presents

  26. Stephanie LaPlante
    June 21, 2014 at 8:20 am #

    Thanks for the recipe. I’d love to try it.

  27. Susan
    June 21, 2014 at 4:06 pm #

    This recipe sounds amazing. I’m off to pin it!

  28. Suzie M
    June 21, 2014 at 5:47 pm #

    OK this can’t be on my diet but I don’t care

  29. sarah sar
    June 22, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

    Mmmmmmmmmmm that looks delish! I just need to pick up 2 of those ingredients and then I will make some next weekend. Love all things chocolate!

  30. l p
    June 25, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

    thanks for the recipe and picture. can’t wait to make it.

  31. Wanda Tracey
    July 1, 2014 at 7:12 pm #

    I used to make homemade candy with my grandpa.I will try this one because it looks devine.Thank you for sharing with us.

  32. Yuen C
    July 6, 2014 at 3:10 pm #

    That looks delicious!

  33. Judy Cowan
    July 18, 2014 at 2:18 pm #

    Just wanted to let you know that I made this and oh my it is so good!!! Definitely a keeper recipe!

  34. Suzie M
    July 18, 2014 at 7:36 pm #

    Oh my this looks too good to be legal

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