Roca

Giving a gift from your kitchen is one of the nicest things you can do for someone.  In our Friday’s Fare this week, we are sharing an easy to make sweet that would be a perfect gift for someone special who might just be you. roca, nuts, chocolate, home made, From Our Home To Yours

Roca

1 pound of butter
2 cups of white sugar
2 tablespoons of light corn syrup
6 tablespoons of water
1 cup of finely chopped nuts
1 bag of chocolate chips

Large metal pot
Candy thermometer
Wooden spoon
Baking sheet with edges

Directions

Grease baking sheet with butter and set aside.

In a large metal pot, melt the butter on medium heat.

Add corn syrup, sugar and water to the butter and mix together. Attach the candy thermometer using the manufacturer’s suggested instructions.

Cook until the temperature reaches 290°F or until the mixture turns the colour of a brown paper bag. This takes about 20 minutes +/-.  Using the wooden spoon, stir the mixture constantly. It should bubble up, rise and may spit at you. This is what it should be doing.

Once up to temperature, remove from heat and add in half of the finely chopped nuts.

Pour mixture onto the greased baking sheet and help it spread out towards the edges.

While the mixture is cooling, now is the time to melt the chocolate, on a low heat, until it is smooth.

Pour the hot, melted chocolate onto the candy mixture and spread evenly to the edges.  Sprinkle with the remainder of the nuts. Cool. Break into small pieces and store in a cool, dry location.

Tips
– Do not substitute the butter
– It’s your choice as to what kind of nuts to use. Most common are almonds or filberts.
– Chocolate chips are your choice: milk, dark, flavored
– A large pot is a must. The mixture will bubble up quite a bit.
– Do not use plastic utensils.
– Be sure to get into the corners and up the sides when greasing the baking sheet.
– Keep a cold, dampened cloth on hand while the mixture is coming to temperature. Use this to wipe away any of the mixture that may spit at you and connect.

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