Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Butter Crunch Home Made (DIY) gift

With the holiday season just around the  the corner, I thought I would share some easy edible gifts.

This is a great indulgence type of gift perfect for the over indulgent nature of the season. Packed in a mason jar or a small candy box and decorated with a pretty festive ribbon. It's a nice little gift for teachers, friends, neighbors or anyone really as it is super delicious!!

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 ( ised a baking sheet that measured 12x16)
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 right before it hits 300 degrees add in your nuts. AS it reached 300 degrees it will turn  lovely golden color.  Take it off the heat and pour it into your jelly roll pan or baking sheet. You do not need to grease or butter the pan before hand as the butter in the recipe is significant enough to where it will not stick to the pan .

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. You may want to dust it with some cornstarch to absorb the excess butter :)

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 to match the occasion 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 yummy holiday gifts 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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