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Everton Toffee Veg  CD  Confectionery  English 30mins plus setting


Makes approx 450g/1lb    Cold  Vegetarian  Sweets  Home Made  Gluten Wheat  Free Eggless   England  British  Europe


This is a brittle type of toffee named after a town in the North-East of England, near Liverpool and made famous by Mrs Bushell in the late 1800's,  who first made it  and used to sell the it to fans before the matches at Everton Football Club. It's believed that's how the club got it's nickname - The Toffees.


450g/1lb White Sugar
180ml/6fl.oz. Water
100g/4oz Soft Butter
A few Drops of Lemon Essence or 1 teasp Lemon Juice



1. Place the water and sugar in a large saucepan and heat gently, stirring from time to time, until the sugar has dissolved.

2. Add the butter and lemon, raise the heat and continue stirring  until the butter melts.


3. Bring to the boil then boil hard for 10 minutes, stirring every minute or so.


4. Continue to boil hard for a further 5 - 10 minutes, until the mixture turns a mid brown colour. You must keep an eye on it as once it starts to turn colour, it will only be a matter of seconds before it burns.


5. Meanwhile, grease a shallow baking tin ( 20cm/8-inch square  works) with butter.


6. One the mixture has reached the right colour, remove from the heat immediately and continue to stir until the mixture subsides and there are few bubbles left,  then pour into the buttered tin.


7. If you wish, after 15 minutes' cooling, mark the surface into squares with a knife. Allow to cool for at least 3 hours before removing from the tin and  breaking into pieces - a hammer makes the job easier. Mind your teeth!

Makes a nice homemade Christmas gift.



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