As much as I enjoy baking and cooking, there are still some aspects after 25 years in the kitchen that still cause me to hesitate. One of these is when a recipe requires me to boil something above 200 degrees.
Boiling juice concentrates to 180 or 190 isn’t a problem, but once the temperatures go above 200, everything burns too easily. Because of this, I tend to cheat a little by bringing whatever I am cooking to between 190-200 degrees and then transferring it to the microwave to finish up. This has worked pretty good for me, as long as I remember to put it in a large enough bowl, as it tends to boil over very quickly.
This recipe for Chocolate Crackle Toffee has been sitting in my recipe box for a long time. Because of the 240 degree factor in it, I kept putting it off. Finally, today I decided to see how my little trick or finishing the boiling process in the microwave would work on toffee.
Chocolate Crackle Toffee Bar
1/4 Cup Unsalted Butter
2/3 Cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/2 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
1/4 Cup Honey
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/4 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 Cups Rice Cereal
1 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- Line 9″ square pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
- Melt butter in heavy-bottom saucepan. Add condensed milk, sugar and honey. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture reaches 200. Remove from heat and pour into a microwave safe bowl.
- Microwave on high in 45 second intervals until mixture reaches 240 degrees.
- Stir in salt and vanilla, then the cereal.
- Transfer to prepared pan and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Let stand 5 minutes. Spread melted chips evenly over the toffee.
- Let cool at room temperature until firm, about three hours. Remove from pan and cut into 1 1/2″ pieces.
Bringing the toffee to 240 degrees in the microwave worked perfectly. It did boil over a bit, but had I paid attention better, that never would have happened.
I might not have confronted the real issue of tending to burn recipes that require me to bring the ingredients to a temperature above 200 degrees, but for me the solution works and that’s good enough, and for this I am — Simply Grateful.