I love bonfire night, not for what it represents, but for the delight of eating food outside. Warming soups, jacket potatoes and treats like s’mores taste even better on a cold frosty night. I can never understand why it tastes better, no doubt some scientist has worked it out, all I know is that I enjoy it!
One popular thing to eat is toffee apples, which I have loved since I was a child, although you always hope that it is not too windy as otherwise your hair has a habit of sticking to the toffee – unless it is well tied back! Although these are mostly eaten by children, I would not let them make them, due to high heat of the syrup and the worry of scalding.
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About 6 Golden Delicious Apples
450g caster or even better Demerara sugar
4 tbsp of golden syrup
1 tsp cider vinegar
*If you want the toffee apples to turn out red, then you will need to add a few drops of red food colouring with the other ingredients*
Get a baking tray and place a sheet of greaseproof paper on it. Wash the apples, dry them with some kitchen roll and stick the lollipop sticks firmly into the base of the apple. Get a heavy bottomed saucepan and put all the ingredients in together. Bring the mixture to the boil for around about 25 minutes (it could take longer). Your mixture needs to reach the temperature of 140°c. If you do not have a sugar thermometer then you can always take a drop of the mixture, place it into a bowl of cold water, remove the blob and if it is hard and cracks, you will know that it is done. If it is still sticky and mouldable then it is not ready. When the mixture is ready very carefully take an apple and roll it in the mixture. To stop it dripping too much, roll the apple round a bit before placing down onto the baking tray. If the coating looks a little thin, then just roll the apple in the mixture again so that it adds an extra layer. Leave to cool and set
You can roll the mixture in chopped nuts or sprinkles or grated chocolate, if you wish.