Butter Toffee

In South Africa, we use salted butter for everyday use, this is another reason I love this recipe, no need to keep unsalted butter and the additional salt in the butter works so well with this toffee.  You will need to plan ahead as it needs to sit in the fridge overnight, and you will need a sugar thermometer.

Makes 25
Preparation time 20 minutes plus setting overnight
Cooking time 20 minutes


  • Oil for greasing
  • 50g of dark chocolate roughly chopped- The darker the better
  • 4 tsp water100g Glucose syrup ( Most baking shops will stock this)
  • 250g castor sugar
  • 100g salted butter
  • 200ml Double thick cream


Lightly oil a 20cm square shallow tin

Melt the chocolate very slowly in a microwave making sure not to burn it.  If you prefer the traditional way.  Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water, making sure that the surface of the water does not touch the bowl.

Place the water, glucose and sugar in a heavy based saucepan and heat over a medium heat until it forms a nice blond caramel.  Remove from the heat and add 15g of the butter to the cooled mixture.

Put the cream into a small sauce pan and heat slightly, then slowly pour it into the caramel, stirring gently.  Add the remaining butter, return the pan to the stove and heat until the mixture reaches 118 deg C on a sugar thermometer.

Remove from the heat and stir in the melted chocolate until smooth.  Pour onto the prepared tin and leave to cool overnight at room temperature.

Turn the toffee out onto a chopping board and cut into small squares using a large knife.

TIP:  Lay each toffee on top of the tangs of a fork and dip them into 52% dark couverture chocolate.  As long as it is tempered they will set beautifully.


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