Oh man, my sweet tooth is definitely coming out of hibernation. I’m not sure if it’s the Christmas ads, the cold weather or just pure old fashioned gluttony… but I’m loving the sweet treats lately! What’s more, since attending the School of Artisan Food the other month (read about that, here), I’ve been eager to try out a few variations on some of the skills I was taught. The time has finally come!
Inspired by the spiced autumn flavours that always pop up at this time of year, I’ve created a cinnamon and ginger spiced toffee sauce recipe. You can pour it over apple pie, stir it into hot chocolate, even drizzle it over popcorn! The base of this recipe is a shop-bought butter toffee with just a few additions, so it’s super easy to make. Check out the video and full recipe below.
Homemade spiced toffee sauce recipe
This makes a pretty large batch, so feel free to use smaller quantities.
- 500 g good quality toffee (I’d recommend Thorntons Special Toffee)
- 75 ml semi-skimmed milk (up the volume slightly if you want a thinner mixture than shown in the video)
- 1.5 tsp. ginger
- 2.5 tsp. cinnamon
- Create a double boiler by half-filling a large pan with water and placing a smaller, heat-proof bowl on top.
- Put the double boiler onto a hob and heat on medium, until the water begins to boil.
- Use a rolling pin (or a good ol’ fashioned toffee hammer!) to smash your toffee into small pieces. Put the pieces into the top bowl of the double boiler.
- Add the milk and spices and stir gently to help the toffee melt.
- Keep stirring until the toffee has fully melted and you’re left with a smooth, gooey liquid.
- Test whether the toffee sauce is the desired consistency by pouring a small drop onto a plate and leaving it in a freezer for a few minutes. This will set the sauce, and should give you an idea of how thick it will be when it’s all cooled down. If you want it to be a little thinner, simply add some more milk and repeat steps 5 and 6.
- When you’re happy with the consistency, take the toffee sauce off the heat, pour it into a sterilised jar and leave to cool.
The versatility of this nutmeg spiced toffee sauce means it’s great for a Secret Santa gift – who wouldn’t want to find this nestled in their stocking?! You could even go all out and pair it with a hot chocolate kit, or fancy latte glass. Sweet-toothed toffee lovers everywhere, rejoice! – Mike.
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