This weekend I was talking with my mom...She was asking me if I had cooked anything good lately..."duh...of course Mom!" I told her I had made some really good pretzel toffee. She just sort of shrugged, but I knew what she was thinking...that this was some difficult recipe...involving a candy thermometer and 30 minutes of constant stirring. "No mom...It's really easy...It's my friend Linda's recipe...only 4 ingredients and super simple"...And no lie...my mom says "that's my kind of cooking". I couldn't help but laugh. Just in case you didn't know that's the name of Linda's cookbook and blog, My Kind of Cooking.
This is the second time I've made this toffee in two weeks. It really is so simple and dangerous. The first time I made it...I ate half the pan by myself. There is just something about the sweet and salty combination that is so addictive.
recipe adapted from My Kind of Cooking
about 2 cups mini pretzel twists
1 cup butter, 2 sticks
1 cup light brown sugar
2 & 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cover a 15x10 inch baking pan with aluminum foil. In a single layer arrange the pretzels in the bottom of the pan. In a large saucepan melt the butter and add the brown sugar. Bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Do not over cook the sugar. Carefully pour the sugar and butter over the pretzels. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top. Let stand 5 minutes. Then spread the chocolate smooth. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Then pull the aluminum foil away from the toffee. Break it into pieces...and enjoy.
This year we will be eating with family for Easter dinner...So we will not be doing any cooking, actually I have never cooked Easter dinner. I hate to show up empty handed, so this year I'm making a couple batches of toffee to carry. I think it will be much more popular than the chocolate bunnies and marshmallow peeps. I'm thinking it will become a new Easter tradition.
My family has a lot of Easter traditions. If we are at my moms...and we put out our Easter baskets...the Easter Bunny still comes!!! I guess you never get too old. As for food, my mom always cooks ham, baked beans, potato salad, and a coconut cake shaped like a bunny...like I said you never get too old...and then there is the egg tree.
As a kid, I can remember me and my brother blowing eggs for our egg tree. It's a tradition that still lives on...Our egg tree...all handmade by us....
ain't it pretty?
It's a mix of eggs from different birds...This one is a partridge egg.
My favorite are these little quail eggs.
What are some of your family's Easter traditions?