Letters 12/26/19

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Toffee troubleshooting

I recently was inspired by a recipe in BW (Re: Jean’s Microwave Almond Toffee, in “Dear Santa,” Nibbles, Dec. 12, 2019). It was a recipe for microwave toffee. It was in a section about Christmas gifts? Possibly?

I clipped the recipe and put it in my pocket. I think the idea of something so simple got me in the mood to try it. If it could be made in the microwave, then certainly, it sounded uncomplicated.

Obviously, it was a side note, meant for light-hearted entertainment, but I tried the recipe and here is what I found out. I thought you might find it interesting.

I had never made toffee before and perhaps had not a clue how this would work out.

Disclaimer: I used a saucepan, because…

Making toffee in the microwave is a decidedly bad idea. You combine a great deal of butter with a great deal of sugar and then you have to get it to a very high temperature (270 degrees). This temperature is well above boiling (212).

Imagine doing this in your microwave (with what would have to be a plastic container) and what could befall a holiday fool doing this for the first time.

Also, elevation affects the boiling point of butter. The butter will boil at a slightly lower temperature here in Colorado, so if you assume, as I did, that extra 3 minutes will make the difference, it may not. An extra 3 minutes in the microwave could be the difference between, boiling napalm sugar/butter and melted plastic/sugar/butter. Most plastics can hold boiling liquids. However, when I Googled “boiling butter in the microwave” it spoke of butter exploding and flying all over the place.

And sadly your toffee will still be soggy and chewy.

I did not expect to troubleshoot this recipe but hope it helps

Ginger Zaruckus/Boulder

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