by Kitty Hope and Mark Greenwood

Sweet toffee makes a great alternative to the usual chocolate Brazils in this easy recipe. Best eaten a day or two after making when the toffee has softened a little.

Equipment and preparation: for this recipe you will need a sugar thermometer.


Buyer's guide

Commercial supplies of Brazil nuts are still derived entirely from wild trees though there are concerns that they're being harvested too intensively.


Brazil nuts can be eaten raw or used in cooking. Whole, they are used in confectionary and are good for decorating fruit cakes or larger cakes because of their nice shape and size. Roughly ground, they make good toppings for desserts and add crunch to rice or vegetable dishes. Ground Brazil nuts can be stirred into cakes and cheesecake bases.