In last week`s blog we talked about Toffee Apples being a great traditional treat for Halloween and this week we`re offering a really good, superbly simple, old-fashioned recipe for making your very own delicious toffee apples in the kitchen at home.

Toffee Apples

Ingredients (makes 8 toffee apples) 

8 Fresh Crisp Green Apples
400g Golden Caster Sugar
4 tbsp. Golden Syrup
1tsp. Vinegar
8 Wooden Sticks (Ice Lolly Sticks are ideal)

Method 

Start by placing all the apples in a large bowl of freshly boiled water in order to remove from the apples any waxy outer coating.  Then, dry each apple carefully and thoroughly using clean kitchen tissue and break off any residual stalks or stems from the top of each apple.  Next, push a wooden stick firmly into the top of each apple in the place where the stalk or stem has been removed from.

Lay out the apples, sticks upwards, on a clean baking sheet lined with greaseproof paper.  Pour the sugar and water into a clean saucepan and cook on a medium heat, stirring frequently, until all the sugar is dissolved and then carefully stir in the syrup and vinegar.  Bring the mixture to the boil at 140 degrees until it reaches a`hard crack` stage.  You can test that the mixture has reached the right level using a kitchen thermometer if you have one, but don`t worry if you haven`t got a thermometer as the mixture can also be reliably tested by dropping a small amount into cold water - if the mixture has reached the correct temperature then it should become instantly brittle once it makes contact with the water, but if this does not happen then continue to boil for a little longer and test again.

Once the mixture has reached the desired temperature and consistency, being careful not to cover everything in your kitchen, including yourself in hot toffee, carefully take hold of the sticks one at a time and dip each apple into the hot toffee mixture.  Still holding the stick, twirl the apples around until each one is completely coated in toffee.  Allow any access to drip back into the pan before placing each coated apple onto the baking sheet to set.  

Allow the apples to cool for at least 2 hours before eating.  The apples will keep for up to 2 days unwrapped, or slightly longer if you wrap them in cellophane, and they make the perfect autumn treat, especially for Halloween and Bonfire Night.   Simple and inexpensive to make .... and truly delicious to eat!  "Enjoy"!