I’ve been wanting to make these for a long time and share them with you. And at what better time did i end up getting them ready than today – 12th Oct – Eid … Just checked i am in time to wish my viewers Eid Mubarak ! Being the last day of Ramadan and an ending to a month of fasting must be quite joyous. With the festive seasons comming in, the end of the year is something i always look forward to. Soon we’ll be having Diwali ( Indian New Year ) and following that Christmas !! And these Chocolate Almond n Toffee squares fit every occasion. These beautiful squares taste heavenly and are a bit on the sweeter side …. almost like Almond Rocca.

I must tell u that u need to be very patient with these, as when i was making them, i kind of ran out of patience and then had a panic attack when they didn’t look the way i wanted them to …. but later they looked just fine …. phew thank God. Also if you are living in a country as hot as mine i wouldn’t recommend u trying it unless u are using an air conditioned room. Handling chocolate can be quite tricky and a pain in the ass. Obviously i have learnt the hard way and at the cost of a lot of time and ingredients and disasters in the kitchen … and I’m still learning. The recipe below is just from my measurements but u can always change them to suite your requirements.

Ingredients

  • 150 gms good quality dark choc 70% – 80% the darker the better
  • 1/2 cup of finely chopped almonds
  • 200 gms light brown sugar
  • 225 gms butter
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2-3 tbsps of water
  • grease proof paper

Start with lining a tray or a absolutely flat surface like a wooden chopping board with greaseproof paper and set aside. Also make sure you have that much space in the freezer to keep it in later. Having done that, in a double boiler melt the chocolate till smooth. Spread this on the paper with a broad metal scrapper, evenly at about 2mm thickness. And sprinkle the almonds all over the chocolate. Now transfer the board in the freezer to chill n set.
For the toffee u’ll need a sauce pan. Make sure the sides are high and don’t make the mistake like me of taking a shallow frying fan or you’ll have a over flow of melted sugar. Mix the sugar, water, butter and salt all together, and heat it gently. The water will ensure even melting of the sugar. Technically you would require a candy thermometer to ensure perfect results, but i don’t have one and was just crossing my fingers all the way :p . It will take a few minutes till the sugar bubbles and the water evaporates. It will start changing colour to a lovely brown, thats when u need to turn off the heat and set it aside. Now get the chocolate out of the freezer and cut it exactly in half and peel off the paper. Place one half of the chocolate on another clean piece of greaseproof paper the almond side down and quickly pour the toffee over it evenly. The chocolate will melt a bit as the toffee will be warm thats why u need to be quick. Place the other half of the chocolate on top sandwiching the toffee between the chocolate layers and quickly transfer it to the freezer again. Thats 90% of the job done. For the cutting bit i tried using a cookie cutter but was not very successful so i just cut them in squares and wrapped them up. I hope you do try this recipe and if u do u have to pls let me know how it turned out. The taste is absolutely fantastic and makes gr8 presents to give out.

Also i’d like to take a minute and remind you all that the voting for The Best Food Blog 2007 … bloggers choice awards is nearing its end. Remaining with just 7 days left for voting. After which it will stop and the results will be put up on 10th nov.I know i was nominated only a month back which didn’t give me much time to collect all your votes … but still i think i did well. Can’t thank you enough for all your love and support. If any of you have missed voting and do still love my blog pls do go to this link and vote for me. Remember the vote is casted only when the no. of the vote changes from (for eg.) 150 to 151 and it says voted below. I tell you this as I’ve had many friends who have tried to vote and said that they have but couldn’t successfully caste it , which ended up being my loss … :(. I ‘m trying my best but with other bloggers who are far better than me and in the competition way before me are on the top. If not this year then hopefully next year. Thanks all of you once again :D

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Comment :

noreply@blogger.com (Mango Power Girl)

These look great! I think you have more patience than you claim to have ;) Nice packaging too!! I hope you win, and if you don’t, don’t be too harsh on yourself…you know it’s the thought & people love your blog! Sometimes popular vote is more important than actual technicality of things & you have that :)

noreply@blogger.com (Deborah)

I love almond rocca so I’m sure these are tasty! And I love your blog and will gladly vote for you!

noreply@blogger.com (Sharmi)

very pretty looking squares! can I get some packed to US? very tempting:)

noreply@blogger.com (Nabeela)

Anything with almonds is welcome in my kitchen :)

noreply@blogger.com (Kate)

aw Mohini…those are such comforting words. What would i do with out you :p

Deborah … thanks a lot for your vote …:))

sharmi… sure just mail me ur add :D

nabeela … then almonds it is …!!

noreply@blogger.com (The Food Traveller)

It looks really nice the way you packages them! Normally I do not bother. but now that I see it … it is so much better!
Adn they look tasty … pity almond is something I can eat very little of (I am kind of intolerant towards a few nuts). I like it!

noreply@blogger.com (Anh)

Kate, Eid Mubarak!

Your chocolate & toffee square looks wonderful. Even though I just stuffed myself up with baklava, I still have room for some of these. :)

noreply@blogger.com (piccolina)

what a ncie recipe , i wish u have posted these days before eid coz i wuld have done it !! but maybe next eid inshalah
and speaking of eid .. happy eid for you and your family .. may allah bless all muslims around the world :))

salam
LU

noreply@blogger.com (Rasa Malaysia)

Looks like you celebrate the same holidays as Malaysia…after Christmas then comes New Year and then Chinese New Year. Yippee. :)

noreply@blogger.com (Kate)

the food traveller …i’m so sorry to hear abt your allergy. it must be difficult to try n keep away frm these nuts. I do pray this allergy goes away and u can enjoy all the of the nuts available on this planet .

anh …Eid Mubarakh to you as well :) …speaking of baklava … today i went to the bakery section of the supermarket and this sweet rolly poli Lebanese baker tried to sell me some more of the delicious baklava I’ve been eating this past whole month … n i was like u stay away frm me man …. there is no way u are going to try n sell me some of that stuff anymore! hehe !

Lu …from your mouth to Allah’s ears … Ameen !
Wish you the same my dear sister … may Allah bless you n your family :))
JAK

Rasa … yeah looks like it ! … oh the Chinese new year…i forgot to add that to my list … gosh we really have a lot to look forward to :D

noreply@blogger.com (Chris)

These look lovely! And, presentation is everything – how you’ve wrapped these is lovely!

noreply@blogger.com (Victoria)

haha I remember the first time I tried making toffee of any sort. I sent the kitchen up in smoke. TWICE. Luckily things are better these days. Those bars look delish! I might be brave and try toffee making again. and they’re GF too! =)

noreply@blogger.com (maybahay)

although i don’t have a sweet tooth, i think this is something i will enjoy. great pix, too.
good luck with the awards.

noreply@blogger.com (Patricia Scarpin)

Kate,

What a wonderful idea for a gift! And I totally hear you – the weather sometimes gets really hot here in Sao Paulo and last Easter it was impossible for me to make chocolate Easter eggs!

noreply@blogger.com (Kate)

Chris , thanks so much :)

Victoria … haha must’ve been quite an experience.Toffee isn’t really easy to make. I’ve screwed up so many times , and still do if i don’t pay attention !

Maybahay, oh … what do u like then …chilli n spice ?? I like that too , but can never give up my sweets ! Thanks …

Patricia …u know ! – and you have chocolate all over the place except the place u want it to be in !!! Yesterday i was trying to make chocolate curls to decorate my cake and the damn thing had to be whacked in the freezer every minute .All my hands my clothes , kitchen platform , had melted choc all over the place ! What a waste ! … unless of course someone is willing to lick it all off :p ..hehe now aren’t i getting naughty !!

noreply@blogger.com (Kelly-Jane)

Oh they are a real treat! I like your little gold star decorations too.

noreply@blogger.com (Kelly-Jane)

Oh they are a real treat! I like your little gold star decorations too.

noreply@blogger.com (Kate)

Kelly jane…u noticed !!! arent they cute …luckily i found some wrapping sheets with the same design to match my golden stars :D

noreply@blogger.com (myfrenchkitchen)

A great blog you have. lovely photo’s and delcious recipes!
Ronell

noreply@blogger.com (Deliceux)

Just looking at the photos of these set me drooling!!!

I know what you mean about patience. I am the same and start to panic about presentation too… but then I figure the proof is in the eating!

Great job and I love your blog!

noreply@blogger.com (Kate)

Ronell , thanks so much . You have a beautiful blog yourself :)

Deliceux …. u bet…the proof is in eating :P …Thanks !

noreply@blogger.com (Anita)

Kate, they look so gorgeous and ready to send out – the recipients are very lucky indeed!

noreply@blogger.com (Belinda)

How cute! The little packages look adorable…and the toffee squares sound like the perfect chocolately indulgence! What a beautiful presentation as well. :-)

noreply@blogger.com (Robyn)

Hi Kate,

I’m new to your blog and must say that I love the photos you take of your tasty treats! :)

I tried this recipe yesterday and it was a disaster. I struggled with converting the grams to cups – sadly not that easy to find on the internet and my scales are in Seattle (I live in Ottawa at the mo). Would it be possible to post the conversions? Also, the 2mm thick chocolate broke into pieces and when I poured the toffee on them, it all nearly became soup – any tips on how I can remedy this? I’d really love to give the recipe another try.

Thanks so much for your help and this lovely blog! :)
Robyn

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

Anita … i think so too :)

Belinda … yeah …are’nt they :P

Robyn …. first of all thanks for trying and getting back.
Now here’s what u can do …
firstly did the toffee turn out right? If it was too runny it would not set later. And if it was the right consistency u would have to let it cool a bit before pouring it onto the chocolate. I melted my first piece of choc too, but as soon as i saw that i waited for the toffee to cool a bit before i poured it. Also alternately u could make the choc layer a bit thicker. And as soon as u have poured the toffee chuck it in the freezer again. U have to be a little quick here, as it is kinda tricky with choc.
About the conversions i ‘ll have to chk as these were my own measurements, so i cant even look them up anywhere.
Please try it again this time with a smaller quantity and let me know how it goes. If there’s anything else u need to ask please email me … kajal.phytosphere@gmail.com
Best Of Luck !!! i really want to know how they turned out :)

noreply@blogger.com (SteamyKitchen)

I am SO making this!!!

I am SO making this!!!

Yup, that’ll do it. You have my apperciation.


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