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Chocolate Toffee Crack Recipe

by Anne Maxfield on December 31, 2018

Accidental Locavore Toffee Crack If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to cut back on sweets, you’d better get busy or…

You may want to stop reading here.

This toffee really is like crack.

Easy and addictive.

And you probably have all four ingredients in your kitchen.

Don’t blame the Accidental Locavore for this.

Makes one large sheet pan.

Toffee Crack:

  • 40 saltine crackers (or more to fill the pan)
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 cups chocolate chips

Accidental Locavore Toffee Crack CrackersPre-heat oven to 350°.

Spray a sheet pan with vegetable spray.  Line with crackers.

Put the butter and brown sugar in a medium saucepan, bring to a boil.

Reduce heat and simmer for 3-5 minutes.

Spread sugar and butter mixture evenly over the crackers.

Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Let cool slightly (mostly so you don’t burn yourself), then top with chocolate chips.

As chips melt, spread them out until the crackers are covered.

Let cool completely, break into pieces. Serve and enjoy! 

Accidental Locavore Butter for Toffee CrackMy verdict:

Blame my cousin Ellen (and her friend Mollie). She gave me a bag for Christmas.

I should never have gotten the recipe. It’s amazingly good and stupidly easy.

Mine wasn’t as good as Ellen’s but we talked it out and I think it was the sugar.

Light or dark brown sugar or a mix will work, but don’t make my mistake and use a granular (organic) brown sugar. It doesn’t melt thoroughly and my batch came out a little grainy.

For a large sheet pan, it’s a little more than a sleeve of saltines. I put them all salty side up. Ellen has done it like that and mixed it up. She says it doesn’t matter and I believe her.

This is Ellen’s advice: “You can also sprinkle toasted sliced almonds on top of the chocolate, but Mollie does not use nuts and her toffee crack is perfect.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Accidental Locavore Rhubarb Upside-Down CakeRecently the Accidental Locavore has had upside-down cake on her mind. At a new favorite lunch spot (only because we haven’t had dinner there yet), Another Fork in the Road, my friend Betty and I happily split an apricot blueberry upside-down cake over the weekend. That was the impetus the Locavore needed to make this rhubarb-blueberry upside-down cake. Blueberries optional. Serves 6 and loosely adapted from the James Beard Foundation.

For the rhubarb:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons brown sugar (packed, I used dark brown which was ok here, but probably should have been light brown for the batter)
  • 2 medium stalks rhubarb, washed and chopped into 1/4″ dice
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar

Cake:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1  large egg (helps if it’s at room temperature)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 plus 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup Greek style full fat yogurt or sour cream

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. In a small pot over medium heat, melt the butter and brown sugar, stirring until smooth. Pour the mixture evenly into a well-buttered 8″ square pan. Toss the rhubarb and blueberries with the white sugar. Sprinkle over brown sugar and butter mix in pan.

To make the cake batter, cream the butter and sugar in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until smooth. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and ginger powder. Mix the dry ingredients and sour cream into the butter mixture in alternating additions until fully incorporated.

Pour the cake batter on top of the rhubarb in the pan. Bake for 30 minutes, until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in a cake’s center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool for 20 minutes. Carefully run a paring knife around the cake, then unmold onto cake plate. Serve (with vanilla ice cream) and enjoy.

Rating: 3.5 stars.

The Accidental Locavore is not a big baker, mostly because you can’t take as many liberties as you can when you’re cooking savory food. That being said, this is a pretty forgiving cake. I used yogurt as there was no sour cream and it came out fine, moist and flavorful. If you don’t bake much, check the expiration date on your baking powder (baking soda too), it matters! This would have rated higher with me if the cake had been a little thicker, possibly a smaller pan would have taken care of that. The next time I make this, I’m going to use light brown sugar at least for the batter as the dark brown sugar was a little intense. I’ll definitely make it again, experimenting with other seasonal fruit, and maybe even with that old stand-by, pineapple… although I might grill the pineapple before I use it in the cake. What do you think?

 

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