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Sri Lankan Milk Toffee (Kiri Aluwa)

May  2, 2020
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Crunchy, super sweet, caramelized, and bold in flavor with cardamom, Sri Lankan Milk toffee is a unique candy that you have to try! This treat was a regular and beloved part of my childhood. And every time I take a bite I am flooded with memories and a culture from years ago.

Sarita Gelner

  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Cook time 20 minutes
  • Serves 16
  • 400 grams sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom seeds, toasted
  • 1/2 cup cashew nuts, toasted and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon rose water (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons flaky sea salt for topping
In This Recipe
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Roast them for 15 minutes.
  2. For the last 5 minutes, put whole cardamom pods on the other side of the sheet and get them toasty and fragrant as well
  3. Then remove from the oven and allow to cool. Next, roughly chop the cashews. Set aside for later.
  4. Crush the cardamom pods and remove 1 teaspoon of the inner seeds, separating them as needed.
  5. Butter a 9 inch square pan or use parchment paper that goes up the sides for easy lifting. Set aside.
  6. Add the condensed milk to the pot. Scrape out anything remaining from the can. Then fill the can halfway with water. Pour that into the pot as well. Add the sugar. Turn the stove heat to medium. Stir the mixture until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes.
  7. Next, add butter and cardamom seeds. Note that this has a kick of cardamom. If you prefer to start with a pinch, feel free to add pre-ground cardamom.
  8. Stir the mixture vigorously for 20 more minutes. The mixture will bubble and rapidly boil. It will slowly change to a deeper color.
  9. The mixture will begin to have “holes” once it passes the chewy caramel stage. It will look like it’s a sea foam, and it’s leaving a crunchy film against the sides of the pan, it’s time to remove from the heat.
  10. Next, mix in the vanilla, toasted cashews, and a bit of rosewater.
  11. Lastly, spread the milk toffee into the 9 inch pan. Sprinkle on flaky sea salt. Let it cool completely before cutting it into little squares.
  12. This toffee lasts up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.

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