Allowing oneself life’s simple pleasures every so often is high on my agenda. Sometimes I go through phases when I allow myself such indulgences. My no-guilt period goes flying out the window, I crave carbs and sweet delights. I try my darnedest to adhere to rules I set for myself, but they don’t always work and I fall off the wagon. Do you ever find yourself in such a dilemma? I know I do. This was a case in point. I had taken these moreish toffee squares for a dessert on 2 different occasions and naturally I made a batch to keep 🙂 They were quite a hit. The recipe is very simple and pretty versatile. You can add whatever strikes your fancy.
Basically pecans are typically used in this recipe. However, I had almonds on hand and added some cashews for good measure. I lightly toasted a cup of the chopped almonds and cashews first. Butter a square 9″ x 9″ pan. Spread the nuts in the pan. In the meantime, heat 3/4 cup packed brown sugar and 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter in a pan. Heat sugar and butter to boiling, stirring constantly for at least 7 minutes. It is important to stir this mixture for the said amount of time. Immediately spread the mixture over the nuts in the pan. Sprinkle 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate pieces over the hot mixture and place baking sheet over the pan so the heat will melt the chocolate. Carefully smooth out the melted chocolate over candy. When still hot, I lightly scored the squares before I chilled till firm. When firm, cut into 1 1/2 inch squares. Strawberries and toffee anyone?