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Traditional toffee apples free recipe

  • Toffee Apple recipe 
  • 6 dessert apples
  • Sunflower oil, for brushing
  • 400g granulated sugar
  • 175g golden syrup
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Prep time:10 mins cook 20 mins approx Serves: 6

1. Pull out any apple stems and push a wooden stick into the core. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment and brush lightly with oil.

2. Put the sugar, 250ml water and golden syrup into a heavybased pan and stir over a moderate heat to dissolve the sugar.

3. Increase the heat and bring the mixture to the boil. Continue to boil without stirring until the temperature reaches 150°C on a sugar thermometer, or becomes hard enough to crack easily (see tip below).

4. The toffee will be boiling hot at this point. Carefully dip each apple into the mixture and twist around to coat all over. Sit each on the baking parchment and leave to set. A crust of rich toffee encasing a crisp, new-season apple is a wonderful way to celebrate autumn. If you can’t get hold of wooden lollipop sticks, use wooden chopsticks split in two.

Editor's tips: 

Use a good-quality, heavy-based pan. Timings vary according to its shape: a wide, shallow pan with a larger surface area allows the mixture to reach the toffee stage more quickly.

No sugar thermometer? Simmer the sugar mixture for around 15-20 minutes. As it cooks, the surface bubbles become smaller and the mixture darkens. Drop a teaspoonful of the sugar mixture into a glass of cold water - it’s ready when it hardens enough for you to crack it. If it’s still soft, continue to boil it for a few more minutes.

Find this recipe and more in the Ideal Home Show Cookbook.

 

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