Remember how I said how this roca is perhaps the most addicting holiday treat I’ve ever had the pleasure of being addicted to? Well, this buttercrunch recipe has officially given my beloved roca a run for it’s money. Really, it isn’t so very different from the roca except a) it uses pecans as the nut of choice, b) it doesn’t have nuts lodged inside the toffee like the roca does and c) it is coated with chocolate on both sides. Oh, be still my chocolate-loving heart.
Who knew that slathering the buttercrunch on both sides with chocolate would be so easy! Just a little flippy-do of the buttercrunch and it’s as easy as that (see below the recipe for step-by-step photos). As always, I love the combination of the buttery, slightly salty and very sweet toffee, covered in dark chocolate and dotted with crunchy pecans. Seriously yummy.
Now, on to the packaging part of this recipe. A long time ago, my friend gave me some cookies packaged in a cute little brown bag that had a ribbon magically running through the center. Albeit simple, it was one of the cutest packages I’d ever received. I’ve since used the clever technique many times myself and thought I’d share how to do it. You can use large paper bags (like the type you’d pack a lunch in) or cute mini-paper bags the likes of which you can find at most craft stores. Go here for the step-by-step tutorial.
- 1 cup (8 ounces) granulated sugar
- 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) butter
- 1/4 cup (2 ounces) water
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup chocolate, melted
- 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) chopped pecans
- Lightly butter a 10X15-inch sheet pan or line it with parchment paper.
- In a 2-quart heavy saucepan, melt the butter. Add the sugar, water, salt and vanilla. Over medium to medium-high heat, bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly with a heat-resistant rubber spatula. Clip a candy thermometer to the side of the pan and continue stirring while cooking until the thermometer reaches 300 degrees F and the buttercrunch is light golden brown.
- Pour the toffee onto the prepared pan and spread quickly into a thin even layer with an offset spatula. Allow the mixture to cool completely to room temperature. If needed, blot the buttercrunch with a paper towel to remove any droplets of butter.
- Spread half of the melted chocolate on the top of the buttercrunch and top with half of the chopped pecans, pressing the pecans lightly into the chocolate to adhere. Allow the chocolate to set at room temperature. When set, carefully flip the buttercrunch over onto the back of another sheet pan lined with parchment paper or a silicone liner. Spread the second half of the buttercrunch with the rest of the chocolate Sprinkle the remaining pecans over the top, pressing them lightly into the chocolate.
- Allow the chocolate to set fully. Break the buttercrunch into desired pieces. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.
Recipe Source: adapted slightly from Chocolates and Confections from The Culinary Institute of America
Add the ingredients to the melted butter and stir to dissolve.
Bring the mixture to a boil, making sure your candy thermometer is clipped to the side. Stir constantly!
The mixture will slowly darken in color to a light golden brown. In the picture below, it isn’t quite finished cooking, so it will golden up even more.
When the toffee has reached 300 degrees, quickly spread the toffee onto the prepared pan.
When the toffee has set, pile 1/2 the chocolate on the toffee…
…and spread it evenly over the buttercrunch.
Press 1/2 the pecans lightly into the toffee and let the chocolate set until it is no longer soft and melty.
Now, flip another large baking sheet over and place a silicone liner or parchment paper on it to get it ready for the flippy-do.
When the 1st side of the coated buttercrunch has set, carefully flip the toffee onto the prepared pan.
Here it is…all flipped and still in one piece. Miraculous.
Now, repeat the process. Chocolate.
Let the buttercrunch set and then break into pieces. And seriously, for all that is good and righteous, please refrain from eating as much as I did.