Thursday, July 19, 2012

~ Joe's English Toffee ~

This post is a combination of a tribute to a dear friend that passed away June 28th and one of his great recipes, English Toffee.

This photo was taken on his farm...actually taking all the grandkids on a fall hayride. :-)

He stood 6’4”. Mighty was his presence. Strong in strength. Strong in spirit. Although a manly man, he was tender inside. With a spirit of adventure, of attitude and of faith, he lived his life to the fullest. Many trails he crisscrossed between his love of Texas and the mountains of Colorado. Many people he encountered along the way. Those who knew him, loved him deeply. He was a good friend to many. Faithful to his word, and faithful to God. 
~ Tina

I don't know the source for this photo. I would love to provide credit to the owner. Just didn't have a photo of Joe's English Toffee.
1 ½ lb butter  (6 sticks of butter)                                 
6 cups sugar
4 cups sliced almonds             
2 cups blanched almonds, chopped fine
dash of salt                                     
2 – 3 16 oz Hershey Chocolate bar
 Melt butter in heavy saucepan and mix well with sugar over high heat. When well-blended add the sliced almonds. Stir until a rich carmel color, just past hard crack stage on the thermometer. Pour into cookie sheets to cool. Immediately place chocolate bars on top to melt. Spread the melted chocolate over entire toffee layer. Place chopped almonds on top of chocolate before it sets.
Allow to set. When set break candy into pieces to eat.

A variety of Joe's candies were served at the visitation and at home after the funeral, along with a few other of his specialty dishes. I hope you make it and enjoy!  If you do, think of the Mountain Man ~ :-)


suzyq said...

What a beautiful legacy to leave behind - reminds me of John Wayne a little
Big hugs,
P.S. your gifts were sent yesterday - you should have them tomorrow
My emails are not working:(

Karina Russell said...

This looks delicious. You wrote a very nice tribute. Too bad there aren't more men like him.

Lisa said...

Sounds like he will be well remembered. Prayers for his loved ones.

Sandy said...

Hi this is Joe, and he could cook! This was indeed a great guy and I know how painful his passing is to you, his friends and family but if he left this recipe then everyone has a piece of him to continue making.
Such a lovely tribute to a dear friend.
Take very good care of your hurting heart.

Barbara F. said...

He sounds like a wonderful man, Pat. How nice to have some of his specialties at the service. This sounds awesome. Maybe for Christmas I will make it. xo

Blondie's Journal said...

Joe sounds like he was a wonderful were lucky to have known him. This recipe looks just delicious!


Jo said...

I loved this post,would have loved to meet Joe,and I sure want to try this english toffee...thank you for sharing.

Jo said...

ps..I'm visiting from Foodie Friday.

NanaDiana said...

He sounds like a wonderful man that touched a lot of lives. I copied the recipe down to try the next time I make candy for the Fall crowd- xo Diana

Diana @ Our Vintage Home Love said...

What a wonderful man leaving behind a wonderful legacy......thank you for sharing. xo

kitty said...

Pat, what a lovely tribute to your friend. I would love to try his recipe. Thanks for sharing that and your memories of him.

Gina said...

What a sweet tribute. I would love to try this toffee and I thank you for sharing the recipe.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

What a sweet tribute! I would be honored to try his recipe!


Designs By Pinky said...

Beautiful tribute to a good friend.

Patricia @ ButterYum said...

I have to agree with others in saying this is a lovely tribute.... and so very nice to document a recipe that he was known for. So many of our cherished memories of loved ones are centered around food.

Miz Helen said...

Hi Pat,
What a beautiful tribute for your friend. I am so sorry for your loss, he must have been very special in your life. This is a wonderful recipe that I am sure you will always treasure. I sure hope that you are staying cool over there, actually it has been a pretty good summer so far. Hope you are having a great summer week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

Sherry said...

He sounds like someone I would have loved to meet! Beautiful tribute!

LDH said...

A sweet tribute to your friend. The toffee sounds delicious!

Kathy Moody said...

This looks delicious! So glad I found your blog. I'm your newest follower. :)

Kathy @

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

So sorry you lost a friend, Pat.
I do love toffee and this recipe looks yummy. He'd probably love that you shared his recipe. :)

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. Great recipe!

thistlewoodfarm said...

He sounds like such a wonderful friend! What an inspiration to so many. Thank you for sharing his recipe.


Candace said...

Pat, I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend. I am touched by your tribute to him. This toffee looks sooo good. I'm going to save this recipe to try for Christmas. Hope you are doing well and staying cool down there. Much love!

redfly said...

These look delicious! I love toffee. I'm going to have to try this soon.

Thanks for stopping by.


Jennifer L. Griffin said...

What a sweet idea to serve his specialties to help remember your friend. I've made toffee a few times but will have to try this recipe. It always makes me think of Christmas because a teacher friend used to make it and give it to us for the holidays. Yum!

Debbiedoo's said...

How sweet Pat. What a special post of sentiment!~

Diane said...

I've been looking for a good toffee recipe for years. I'll honor Joe too.


Sugar Mama Bakeshop said...

What a beautiful & honoring tribute to your friend. It gave me chills to read about your love and respect for him. He sounds like a wonderful man and I would love to try that recipe! If I do I will certainly think of the mountain man and I'll let you know how it turns out :)