My December goal is to write 20K words on Creed, my work-in-progress. But...every good novel needs a break now and then, and one of my favorite December activities is making candy! Here is a recipe for the toffee in the title:
1 lb (2 cups) butter - the real stuff
3 cups sugar
1/2 cup water
6 squares semi-sweet chocolate or 2/3 c chocolate chips, melted
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts or nut of your choice
A good candy thermometer
Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat, add sugar & water, return to burner. Cook to 252F. Add 1 c. nuts and cook to 292F. Pour into 10" x 14" buttered metal pan (metal is important: can be twisted). Let set a few mins and spread with melted chocolate. Sprinkle with remaining nuts. Remove when set and break into pieces. Yum.
Then get back to work!