Tartine Baking Project: #42 Chocolate Almond Toffee

Chocolate?  I’m in.  Almond?  Yup.  Love it.  Toffee?  Um… Not such a big fan there.  My mom used to get Heath bars in flurries whenever we went for ice cream.  I thought toffee was something old people ate.  But as I’ve gotten older I’ve never acquired the taste for toffee.  Honestly, I don’t think I’ve actually tried it in years.  So, this is the interesting part of baking every single thing in a cookbook.  There are things I would never get excited about, or even give a second thought as I was perusing the pages deciding on just what I wanted to bake.  Toffee definitely falls into the category of “I Would Never Choose You.”

Roasting the almonds beforehand.

I had everything set and ready to go, as these confectionery endeavors move fast and furious.  Come to think of it, that would be a more entertaining movie than those cars speeding around.

Mondays are pretty busy around here, getting back into the swing of things and ready for the week.  I thought baking something that really only took ten minutes of real focus was a good move.  Wouldn’t you know it, I chose the ten minutes that happen to be the most hectic and crazy of the entire day.  I will spare you the details, but you know I have a toddler and there is potty training happening these days.  I was sure I messed up the toffee.  It just sets up so quickly once you pour it on the sheet, and it just looked like an ugly mess.  I didn’t have time to spread it out all the way, and the texture seemed to be off.  I actually had to Google images of toffee to alleviate my fears that I had really messed this up.

The ugliest pile of sugary sweet goodness.

This is why I love this project.  I’m being stretched, expanding my routine of things I am familiar with baking, or simply eating.  While this particular toffee of mine would never win any prizes for “Prettiest Confection” (I don’t know if that’s really an award anywhere), it would probably win a blindfolded taste test anywhere.  At least that’s what my friends are telling me.  I currently have the stuffiest nose and cannot taste anything.  From what I gather it tastes like something along the lines of “sugary” along with the familiar crunch of almonds and the creamy texture of really good chocolate.  That is enough to keep me dipping back into the container all morning.