These days, my motivation to create in the kitchen is next to zero. A huge reason is the clean-up, but another reason I didn’t anticipate is the lack of big groups of hungry people to pass baked goods off to. When you spend most of your time with adults twice your age and your job is mostly sitting for 9 hours a day, everyone is permanently on a diet. Turns out your metabolism actually does slow down faster than you can say “401k”… so gone are the days of setting out a plate of cookies that disappear within an hour.
Given the time/energy payoff, there are no two words more likely than “easy” or “quick”to make me click a recipe link over anything else on the page. Even when I’m not particularly busy, I get such a satisfaction that comes from creating something in half an hour that’s just as delicious as the recipe that took me three days and an entire dishwasher load to make.
Enter this graham cracker toffee brittle: the perfect marriage of convenience and crowd-pleasing, irresistible to kids and adults alike (even those trying to stick to New Years’ Resolutions… oops). I’ve always loved toffee flavor, but I can’t stand the feeling of candy being stuck in my teeth. If you didn’t know how toffee is made, it’s basically boiled sugar; for this recipe though, the boiled sugar mixture is spread onto a layer of graham crackers before being baked. The texture of the crackers breaks up the stickiness, so it doesn’t feel like a cavity waiting to happen. Add a layer of of bittersweet chocolate (err on the side of bitter) and sprinkle of sea salt to break up the sweetness, and it’s entirely too easy to polish off a piece or three!
Adapted from Two Peas & Their Pod