Cinder toffee placed on top of a chocolate tart

Cinder toffee

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(4 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins

More effort

Make a good trayful

Making your own cinder toffee requires a little care and attention but it's worth it. Break into shards and scatter over ice cream and other desserts

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free


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  1. Line a big tray with baking parchment and lightly grease with oil. Place the sugar and honey in a large saucepan with 4 tbsp water. Put over a very low heat and stir until the sugar dissolves. Once the sugar has dissolved, add a sugar thermometer and bring to the boil over a high heat. Bubble until it reaches 149C on the sugar thermometer.

  2. Remove from the heat and whisk in the bicarbonate of soda quickly, it will froth up madly – don’t worry! Immediately pour into the tray, and leave to cool and set completely.

  3. Break into shards to nibble, or crumble over ice cream or our Salted honey fudge & chocolate tart (see 'Goes well with' box, right). Will keep in an airtight container between layers of baking parchment for 1-2 weeks.

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22nd Feb, 2018
First time it didn't work for me. I adapted it: no water, and changed honey to golden syrup and doubled the bicarb from 1 teaspoon to 2. Worked brilliantly. The gentle dissolving of sugar is very important and stir all the time, then use a sugar thermometer to check you reach the right point - Once cooled I covered the top with melted dark chocolate. Then once this was set I broke it up into shards and put into plastic gift bags and sealed. 4 bags made and given as gifts which everyone loved. tasted wonderful
13th Apr, 2016
Tried this after failing a couple of times at a different version (ended up with sticky mess). This version however was great a really easy. Will definitely opt for this one in future. Tastes great too!
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3rd Dec, 2013
This is great - very easy as long as you read the recipe and have everything ready! Tasty too... I sold it at a pre-school Christmas Bazaar.
12th Dec, 2016
Could you use set honey in place of runny as my runny clear honey has crystallised
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17th Dec, 2016
Yes, this should work!
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