Wednesday, February 8, 2012

DIY Valentine's Day Gifts- Home Made Butter Crunch

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I thought I would share some easy DIY (Do-it-Yourself) Valentine's Day gifts. This will be the first in a series of Holiday Inspired DIY gift ideas

Nothing is more special than a gift made with love from the kitchen......unless that is you have diamonds, or a new car, preferably a BMW to give me, or......well you get the idea :)

But when all else fails there is always butter, sugar and heat; which equals butter crunch. Buttery, sweet toffee like. After you try one piece or seven...it gets hard not to eat more. Dip it in some chocolate, sprinkle with some nuts, wrap it all sorts of pretty and you have a fabulous DIY Valentine's Day gift.

This is a recipe my Mother shared with me and there is two things you should know about it....

1- It's delicious!
2-It's REALLY easy to make

This is what you will need....

1lb of butter
3 Cups of Sugar
1/4 tsp Salt
1 Cup of nuts chopped up...I used Cashew Nuts, but Brazil nuts and almonds also work.

Chocolate or chocolate candy melts
Candy thermometer
Jelly Roll Pan..or a baking sheet with sides
Pizza cutter


In a medium sized saucepan, melt your butter and add in your sugar and salt, mix it all up.
Keep mixing, and mixing at a medium- high heat until the temp reaches 300 degrees on your candy thermometer. Add in the nuts right before it hits that temp. or else the heat will make them rancid.

You will see it turn foamy and get a lovely golden color...when it reaches 300 degrees take it off the heat and pour it into your jelly roll pan or baking sheet.

Give it a minute or two and let it set a bit.

Run your pizza cutter through it to make little squares. You will know that it has set enough if the score marks don't disappear, if they do, give it another minute and try it again, repeat if necessary. Let cool completely. When it's completely cool, it will be very easy to break into little squares

Try not to eat too many pieces.

Melt your chocolate and chop up some more nuts to sprinkle on top. You could also use colored sprinkles or whatever you choose.

Dip it into the melted chocolate and set it on a cooling rack, I put some wax paper underneath to catch the drips. Sprinkle with nuts or whatever you like before the chocolate sets.

You can dip them anyway you like, they are thick enough that you could coat one side without getting your fingers all chocolaty when you dip them.

After they have all set..package them up and give them as a small Valentine's Day gifts! This recipe makes quite a bit, so you can make a few packages up using, tins, cello bags or boxes!!!

Hope you enjoy!!!

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