One of the highlights of my recent Culinary Retreat to Ste. Anne’s Spa was of course, a visit to Ste. Anne’s Bakery. Here, you’ll find freshly prepared, gluten-free baked goods and a wide selection of cookies, cakes, breads, jams, chocolates and fruit butters made from products found on the Ste. Anne’s property. The bakery serves organic, locally roasted coffee and specialty teas, as well as quiche made with a gluten-free crust, fresh salads and a variety of wraps and sandwiches.
At the bakery, I found a little slice of heaven – in the form of Salted Caramel Toffee. This scrumptious brittle treat is dangerously addictive, combining smooth dark chocolate with a salty pecan crunch. For weeks, I thought about returning to the bakery just to splurge on a few confectionery delights… and Chef Khushroo must have sensed my obsession, because Ste. Anne’s recently published the recipe on their blog!
Hence, I’m going to save my husband the drive and attempt this chocolatey treat at home first. And as someone who has enjoyed this toffee first-hand, trust me, this recipe’s a keeper!
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup glucose or corn syrup
4 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp sea salt
2 cups dark chocolate (60-70%)
1 cup pecans (optional)
Caramelize sugar, butter, vanilla extract and glucose until golden brown over high heat. Line baking tray with parchment paper. Pour ingredients onto tray, cover with parchment paper and use rolling pin to smooth. Let cool at room temperature for 4-5 hours.
Set a stainless steel bowl over a boiling pot of water. Add 1 cup of chocolate and stir until melted, then add remainder of chocolate until melted (stir occasionally).
Remove parchment paper and spread melted chocolate over toffee. Add pecans immediately, before chocolate solidifies. Flip and remove parchment paper on the other side and repeat process. Keep at room temperature until solid, break into desired pieces and enjoy!
CHEF’S CHOCOLATE TIPS:
• Avoid water from contaminating the chocolate
• Working temperature of chocolate should be 32ºC, highest melting temperatures should be about 46º-50ºC
• Adding additional chocolate aids crystallization, snap break, glossy appearance and shelf life
OMG Lena, this looks so good and I can almost taste it, I would love to make this but I already know it wouldn’t taste as good as the chef’s, St. Annes sure does seem like heaven!!
It is DIVINE. I hope you make it!
Sigh! Straight to my heart this recipe goes! Thank you for sharing!
You’re welcome Debbie!
Judy C (Judy Cowan)
Oh my that looks so yummy, but so not on my diet right now :( I am going to mark it for later, might have to make some of this up at Christmas!
Yes! A perfect holiday treat!
I’d have this for breakfast if I could! lol I’ll be bookmarking this recipe for sure! Thanks for the recipe!
*Gasp* *YUM* *Scooped* !!!!
Love dark chocolate and the pecans are a MUST ingredient for me :)
Thank you for sharing !!!
This recipe looks so good! I’m almost afraid to make it!
You MUST try it!
Looks delicious but so much sugar!
Of course you can cut back to taste!
Ella Pretty Blog
Yum…am reading this at midnight and seriously craving some – looks AMAZING!
Try it hun!
woah. that looks delectable
Oh my that does look good, thanks for sharing!
You’re welcome Doris!!
oh heck yeah! This looks fabulous thank you!!
You’re welcome Darlene!
That looks so good!!
wow, this looks amazingly delicious!
Yes it does!
That looks so good!
I hope you try it!
it’s even better b/c of the dark chocolate. dark chocolate is good for you.
Looks yummy! Can’t wait to make it – dark chocolate and pecans are my fave too.
This looks so good! I really want to try this!
I think you should!
looks so yummy!
It is divine!
Wow this recipe looks sinfully delicious Lena!
Give it a try Caryn!
one word: mmmmmmmmmmm!
La Cuisine d'Helene
I could survive on this and a week-end at the Spa Lena. Looks yum!
Hahaha me too!
Nancy J Montgomery
Thanks for the recipe.
Must indulge in this ASAP!
Wow! That looks so good. I can not wait to make this.
Please do Valerie!!
Chandra Christine O'Connor
this recipe is great for gifts adding to my christmas baking presents
Thanks for the recipe. I’d love to try it.
This recipe sounds amazing. I’m off to pin it!
OK this can’t be on my diet but I don’t care
Mmmmmmmmmmm that looks delish! I just need to pick up 2 of those ingredients and then I will make some next weekend. Love all things chocolate!
Yum! Enjoy Sarah!
thanks for the recipe and picture. can’t wait to make it.
I used to make homemade candy with my grandpa.I will try this one because it looks devine.Thank you for sharing with us.
Aw, that’s great Wanda!
That looks delicious!
Just wanted to let you know that I made this and oh my it is so good!!! Definitely a keeper recipe!
Amazing!! Thanks for sharing!
Oh my this looks too good to be legal
Hahaha too funny!
Looks so delish , i have to make this for sure thanks so much for sharing it with us all :)
Debbie White Beattie
This recipe looks delicious, I love the combination of caramel, chocolate and pecans
This looks totally delicious,thanks for sharing your recipe.
We made this over the holidays and it was delicious!!
My sister made this last card night and omg if you haven’t made this you need too,so delicious!
I had to make this myself,oh have you tried it with Dry white wine…omg it’s so delicious !