I can’t wait to share with you my favorite holiday pie recipe – toffee almond pie!
It’s just like a pecan pie but with almonds instead of pecans, and a few other minor tweaks.
It’s an easy pie recipe filled with the likes of sweet corn syrup, toffee, and crunchy almonds.
And I can guarantee that once you get into making it, you’re not going to stop eating it! There’s no doubt in my mind that it’s going to become one of your favorite baked goods.
This recipe was passed down the family, and we all still like to get together and enjoy it as often as we can. In my home we make it at least once a month, on a weekend as a treat, after eating healthy all week.
It doesn’t take too long to make, and what’s more, the ingredients tend to be easy to source and get hold of.
(Please feel free to scroll ahead to see how to make this delicious, easy pie recipe.)
Toffee Almond Pie Vs Pecan Pie
Toffee almond pie may not be quite as common as pecan pie, but I can assure you it’s just as delicious, if not more so!
Both toffee almond pie and pecan pie have a sweet buttery crunch, followed by a satisfying nutty aftertaste.
They have very similar ingredients, such as butter, eggs, sugar and corn syrup. So toffee almond pie is a lot like a pecan pie but with almonds, instead of pecans, which gives it a whole different effect.
It is deliciously sweet and crunchy and tastes more like marzipan! What’s more, the toffee pieces pair perfectly with the toasted almonds on top.
So, if you like a pecan pie, you will probably decide that this toffee almond pie recipe is even better! You’re not going to want to stop eating it.
How To Make The Perfect Toffee Almond Pie
Now that I’ve whetted your appetite for my toffee almond pie, let me explain how you too can make this easy pie recipe filled with toffee bits and almonds – here goes!
In addition to the ingredients, you will also need certain items of equipment, namely a fluted tart pan (or pan and cookie sheet) and a pie crust shield to keep the toffee almond pie from over-browning while the pie bakes.
Here’s what ingredients you’re going to need:
- 9″ Prepared pie crust (e.g. from a refrigerated pack)
- 1 cup corn syrup
- 3 eggs
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1 cup toffee bits
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch flour
- 6 ounces of sliced almonds
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
1) Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
2) Place pie crust on a 9” pie plate and leave to chill in the refrigerator until you’re ready to fill it.
3) Take the egg yolks, whisk eggs and mix with the corn syrup, melted butter, sugar, and cornstarch until smooth. (This is best done in a pan on the stove on a medium heat, stirring constantly.
If you’re doing this the butter does not have to be melted before hand, but you may wish to cut it into cubes so that it will melt more quickly.
If you wish you can add a dash of scalded milk, Scalded milk is dairy milk that has been heated to 83 °C. At this temperature, bacteria are killed. You may want to use a rotary beater at this stage if you happen to have one.)
4) Add the toffee bits into the pie crust before adding the almonds to begin making the pie filling. It’s important to add the toffee bits before the almonds, because we want the almonds to rise to the top for that perfect crunch.
5) Then add cornstarch mixture. If it’s too sticky at this point, you can add some hot water.
6) At this point its important to let the pie sit for a few minutes. This causes the almonds to naturally rise to the top, which gives the effect of a sprinkle toasted nuts.
7) Cover the outer edges of the pie with the pie crust shield, and bake in your preheated oven for 10 minutes.
8) Then reduce the oven’s temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, for some light baking for a further 50 to 60 minutes.
9) Once the almonds are very toasted, you can remove your toffee almond pie from the oven. It’s totally OK if it’s still a bit jiggly in the middle because you’re going to let the pie sit and cool completely, and it will set as it cools.
Once cool, you can get yourself a slice or two and enjoy. You might wish to serve it with pouring cream, or perhaps a dollop of vanilla ice cream.
Answers To Your Most Frequently Asked Questions
Where Did Pecan Pie Come From?
Pecan pie originates from Southern USA.
Should I Use Light Corn Syrup Or Dark Corn Syrup?
To be honest, some people prefer it with light corn syrup and some prefer dark. If you don’t know which you would prefer, why not try it once with light, once with dark, and see which you prefer.
I hope that I’ve enticed you to try out this toffee almond pie recipe – it’s just like a pecan pie but with almonds, for a whole new taste that’s not only sweet and nutty, but has an amazing crunchy texture, too.
It’s a relatively easy recipe to follow, so you don’t have to be a great chef to make it.
And although admittedly it does take over an hour to make, I’m sure you’ll agree with me that it’s 100% worth the wait.
It’s an excellent alternative to the more common pies out there, and tends to go down well at family gatherings and cookouts. It also makes for a perfect holiday treat, come Thanksgiving.
I’m sure after your first taste you’ll be hooked and will want to make it as often as I do!