The Sweet Swap / rosemary salted chocolate toffee

15 Jul

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Blogging has provided me with lots of fun opportunities and I was lucky enough to recently participate in the inaugural Sweet Swap – an Australian event where food bloggers make sweet treats for other bloggers.

The event was created by the uber lovely Sara from Belly Rumbles and Amanda from Chew Town, bloggers who really know their stuff. They had the tricky task of pairing up each blogger with three matches each and ensuring everyone had their goodies made and sent by the designated date.

Coming home to parcels of delicious goodies from people you may not have even met yet is such a wonderful feeling. Eating said items is event better. If you ever get the chance to get involved in such an event you simply must do it!

I received delicious banana oat bars from Bite Me Show Me [bitemeshowme.wordpress.com], sachertortington [a cross between a sacher torte and a lamington and yes! It was as scrumptious as it sounds] from The Hangry Bitch [thehangrybitch.wordpress.com] and ‘pop goes the brownie’ – a choc brownie by Flick Your Food [ flickyourfood.com] complete with popping candy.

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Everything was delicious and packed so beautifully that it was simply delightful. Loved the whole event and am crossing my fingers that it will be an annual event.

For my three matches [hi VegeTARAian http://vegetaraian.com, http://apricottart.blogspot.com.au/ and DiamondInteriors.com.au] I ummed and ahhed over what to make before finding a delicious recipe on food.com. The original post was called rosemary fleur de sel almond toffee and you can see it here http://www.food.com/recipe/rosemary-fleur-de-sel-almond-toffee-rsc-487210

I tweaked and renamed it rosemary salted chocolate toffee.

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I hadn’t made toffee before so was somewhat apprehensive. Would it work? Would it taste good? Would it hold up in the post? I guess you’ll have to ask my recipients what they thought but when I sampled the messy edges I was hooked. I’m not an overly big sweet eater [oh, the irony…] but I enjoyed this mouthful of sweet, salty and savoury.

I see this rosemary salted chocolate toffee being made at Christmas and probably Easter.

See all the delicious sweet creations at http://new.inlinkz.com//luwpview.php?id=293837

GATHER:

3 x 120g packets slivered almonds

4 teaspoons fresh rosemary, snipped very finely with scissors [mine came from my garden!]

Glug good olive oil

3 ½ cups caster sugar

1 ½ cups butter

¼ cup honey

¾ cup of water

½ teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt [or fleur de sel – do not use table salt] plus another ½ teaspoon for garnish

200g good quality dark chocolate

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LET’S GET TO IT:

Preheat oven to 180C and line a baking tray with foil.

Combine almonds with 2 teaspoons of the rosemary, ½ teaspoon of salt and glug of olive oil. Spread onto pan and roast for between 8-10 minutes, stirring every so often, until golden.

Cool before tipping onto a foil-lined 10×15 inch lamington / baking pan.

In a large deep saucepan over medium-low heat stir sugar, butter, honey, salt and ¾ cup of water until sugar is melted and sugar dissolved. Increase heat and cook, stirring, until mix is caramel colour [the original recipe said until it reaches 300 degrees on a candy thermometer but mine never reached this heat, no matter what I did]. This will take 15 or so minutes – do not take your eyes off it for second!

When it reaches that lovely dark deep golden colour carefully pour it over the almonds in the tray. Allow to cool and set [this will take around an hour].

Meanwhile melt chocolate until smooth and glossy and pour over cooled toffee [I allowed a couple of hours between cooling the toffee and adding the melted chocolate]. Spread evenly using a spatula.

Mix remaining rosemary and salt together before sprinkling over the choc.

Allow to stand for 30 minutes before cutting into small squares and placing in airtight container.

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68 Responses to “The Sweet Swap / rosemary salted chocolate toffee”

  1. Rebecca Finau July 15, 2013 at 2:13 am #

    I hope your bringing this one to work tomorrow! I need to try that! 🙂

    • thehungrymum July 15, 2013 at 2:21 am #

      haha! Sorry Bec – is all gone 😦 Tomorrow I’ll be bringing a bundt cake to work 🙂

  2. pallyme54 July 15, 2013 at 3:33 am #

    Your Rosemary Salted Chocolate Toffee was just gorgeous! I loved it! Thanks so much!

    • thehungrymum September 2, 2013 at 10:33 am #

      Yay! So good to hear – the pressure to make something delish was huge 🙂

  3. sweetbakedlife July 15, 2013 at 3:45 am #

    Sounds like it was heavenly!

  4. gottagetbaked July 15, 2013 at 4:13 am #

    Great choice for the swap! I love the combination of chocolate and rosemary. It’s so unique and sophisticated.

    • thehungrymum July 15, 2013 at 4:57 am #

      Thanks! I had soooo many different ideas but wasn’t sure how some of them would travel.

  5. Diamond Interiors July 15, 2013 at 5:51 am #

    I loved these! I got the family addicted so looks like rosemary chocolate toffees at my house every week! Thanks for your beautiful package!

    • thehungrymum September 2, 2013 at 10:36 am #

      Oh, so happy to hear 🙂 You’ll have to make them & now you have the recipe there’s no excuse 😉

  6. vegeTARAian July 15, 2013 at 6:49 am #

    Thank you so much for your treat, it was truly delicious!! x

    • thehungrymum September 2, 2013 at 10:32 am #

      So happy you liked it! Ahh, the pressure 🙂

  7. Simon @ the heart of food July 15, 2013 at 10:02 am #

    Rosemary in a sweet seemed so unusual until I tried some with it a few times. Quite interesting how it works. Bet these would have been a treat 🙂

    • thehungrymum September 2, 2013 at 10:38 am #

      Just goes to show – you never know how something will pair up until you mix it and make it and try it. I love a contradictory dish 🙂

  8. Namrata July 15, 2013 at 11:27 am #

    I like your pics. Very well taken. An yea, the combination of chocolate and rosemary is different and wonderful.

    • thehungrymum September 2, 2013 at 10:39 am #

      Thanks! Yes, it is unusual but funnily, it works 🙂

  9. lemongrovecakediaries July 15, 2013 at 11:42 am #

    What a fun idea! I love the flavour combination of rosemary and salted chocolate toffee…yummy!

  10. muppy July 15, 2013 at 11:44 am #

    im loving the sound of this combination 🙂 they look great

  11. quilt32 July 15, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    Sounds wonderful and the packaging is perfect.
    Lillian

  12. bakearama July 15, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    I love the Sweet Swap idea! Wonder if anyone has set up anything similar in the UK yet…

    • thehungrymum December 9, 2013 at 10:24 am #

      It was *so* much fun! Maybe you should set it up?!

  13. Tina @ bitemeshowme July 15, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

    These sound so delightful! If only I could have been one of your matches too 😉

    • thehungrymum September 2, 2013 at 10:31 am #

      There’s always next year! I wish I could have tried EVERYONE’S treats! It all looked fab 🙂

  14. andmorefood July 16, 2013 at 1:14 am #

    I’m always intrigued by rosemary in baked goods – it reminds me more of beef than cake! this looks great!

  15. Little Gumnut July 16, 2013 at 4:44 am #

    that’s a very unusual combo but it sounds lovely!

  16. Alana July 16, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

    Oh man, there are few things I love more than rosemary used in desserts. There look great, your recipients were super lucky to be matched with you!

    • thehungrymum July 21, 2013 at 8:55 am #

      ooohh, thanks for your sweet words! Many moons ago I blogged a rosemary cake and it was damn good [if I do say so myself!].

  17. Choc Chip Uru July 16, 2013 at 9:12 pm #

    That is such a beautiful toffee combination 😀

    Cheers
    CCU

    P.S Because of my exams, I will not be commenting for around 4 weeks – see you afterwards!

    • thehungrymum July 21, 2013 at 8:56 am #

      oh, best of luck with exams. Seems like just yesterday I was there… Hang in there and just remember – there IS life after the HSC x

  18. Sara (Belly Rumbles) (@bellyrumbles) July 18, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

    They look so good! I love the flavour combination, totally winner.

    • thehungrymum July 21, 2013 at 9:18 am #

      thanks! Loved the Sweet Swap – can’t wait to do it al again next year 🙂

  19. ohlidia July 18, 2013 at 6:24 pm #

    Sweet, salty and rosemary… wow! Beautiful combo!

    • thehungrymum July 21, 2013 at 9:32 am #

      thanks – every bite is a wonderful mix of all those sensations 🙂

    • thehungrymum August 19, 2013 at 8:07 am #

      Cheers – I love sweet & salty 🙂

  20. tastytreats13 July 18, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

    This sounds like a great flavor combination! The pictures look great!

  21. gotasté July 19, 2013 at 9:01 am #

    I love the adding of rosemary into this recipe 🙂

    • thehungrymum July 21, 2013 at 8:54 am #

      Ta – it adds a savoury depth that cuts through the sweetness.

    • thehungrymum August 19, 2013 at 8:07 am #

      Yes, it adds a real depth 🙂

  22. beyondfrosting July 22, 2013 at 4:48 am #

    The sweet swap sounds like so much fun!

    • thehungrymum July 22, 2013 at 7:24 am #

      It was *unreal*! Can’t wait to do it all again 🙂

  23. Amanda@ChewTown July 22, 2013 at 10:51 am #

    I love rosemary in desserts! Its such a surprising yet wonderful addition. Wonderful sweet swap treats – thanks for participating this year.

    • thehungrymum July 22, 2013 at 11:08 am #

      Cheers! Thanks for organising the event – it was great fun and I’m very hopeful that it will held next year [and the year after and the year after… 🙂 ]

  24. Liz July 22, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    Looks delicious hope it tasted delicious too!! Wish you a lovely week!!

    • thehungrymum July 23, 2013 at 11:40 am #

      awww, thanks! Hope your week is fab, too x

  25. tastytreats13 July 22, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

    Hi! I have nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger award! Congratulations! http://tastytreats13.wordpress.com/2013/07/22/awards/

  26. Tyne July 24, 2013 at 2:16 am #

    This sounds like such a cool event. I would love to take part in something like this!

    • thehungrymum August 19, 2013 at 7:02 am #

      It was fab, can’t wait to do it next year. Are you in Australia?

      • Tyne August 23, 2013 at 1:20 am #

        No, unfortunately I’m not. I’m hoping to find an event like it though in the U.S.!

      • thehungrymum August 23, 2013 at 2:14 am #

        You may have to take the bull by the horns [as it were] and DIY! Is well worth it x

  27. Nat Yusop | BakeSlave July 24, 2013 at 3:36 am #

    WOW. Simply, wow! 😀

  28. cookazido July 30, 2013 at 3:54 am #

    That sounds like such a fun event! I love what you chose. So unique!

  29. lifeisanadventure August 2, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

    This looks delicious! I love sweet and savory combinations (my favorite is chili chocolate)

    • thehungrymum August 3, 2013 at 10:35 am #

      Thanks! I also love salty & sweet – it is heaven in a mouthful 🙂

  30. Sophie33 August 7, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    Waw, waw: What a fabulous & tasty creation! These pcis are mouthwatering too! 🙂

    • thehungrymum August 8, 2013 at 12:04 am #

      thanks – who knew rosemary went so well in sweet treats?!

  31. delialah August 18, 2013 at 6:00 am #

    What an extraordinary recipe you shared here! 🙂 I gotta give it a try! Thank you!

    • thehungrymum August 19, 2013 at 6:59 am #

      Thanks! It sounds like it wouldn’t work but it does 🙂

      • delialah August 19, 2013 at 7:00 am #

        It does indeed! 😀 me and my familiy are fans now! It was so worth to try it!

  32. laurasmess August 27, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    Oh wow, I never knew this food swap thing existed! I feel like I’ve completely missed out! Great job with the interesting toffee, I’m still struggling to imagine rosemary, salt and chocolate in my head but I guess that just means that I need to try the recipe! And sign up for this food swap. Sounds amazing! xx

    • thehungrymum August 27, 2013 at 11:30 am #

      It was so much fun! Coming home to parcels of delish treats was unreal – Miss7 also thought it was pretty cool! Try this without prejudice – it sounds bizarre but magically it all comes together as a fabulous mouthful 🙂

      • laurasmess August 27, 2013 at 11:10 pm #

        I definitely trust you on that one. Sometimes unexpected combos can be the best of all 🙂

  33. brightonbaker August 29, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    What an intriguing flavour combination! I love salt and chocolate, and rosemary is my favourite herb. May have to try this out!

    • thehungrymum August 30, 2013 at 7:30 am #

      You’ll love it! Sounds bizarre but it somehow all comes together via baking alchemy x

  34. kathryningrid September 2, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

    What a fabulous sounding combination indeed. I’ll definitely have to try it!

    • thehungrymum September 14, 2013 at 7:34 am #

      Sweet & salty & savoury is a winning combo! Hope you get to try it 🙂

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