There are a number of treats you can make for fun from cupcakes to fruity ice-cubes containing plastic spiders. I thought Toffee Apples might be fun to share with your family, it’s inexpensive and fairly easy if you keep your eye on the cooking process. The finished toffee apple can be decorated in spooky designs and is something all the family can get involved with.
You will need-
- 8 Small apples preferable crisp and sweet
- 2 Cups / 236 grams of granulated white sugar
- 1/2 Teaspoon white vinegar
- 1/2 Cup / 64 grams Water
- 1\2 Teaspoon of food colouring
Line a backing sheet or tray with wax paper or parchment paper. Wash and dry apples and twist off the stems. Insert a lollipop stick or thick wooden skewer into the top of each apple.
In a medium sized sauce pan, combine the sugar water and vinegar. Bring the mixture to a boil. To prevent burning on the sides of the pan, use a wet pastry brush to wipe the sugar granules that collect above the boiling mixture. Do not stir the mixture. After mixture is boiling, simmer for 20 minutes or until it reaches the hard crack stage (about 150 C or 295-310 F). Keep a close eye on it so it doesn’t burn. It is best to check often with a thermometer.
Stir in the food colouring until the colour is uniform. Remove the pan from the heat. The mixture will be bubbly. It is important to wait until it stops bubbling to dip the apples, or they will be covered with little bubbles (A good look if you want your apples to have a spooky texture).
To dip the apples, carefully tip the pan to one side and insert one side of the apple into the mixture and rotate it until it is covered. Allow it to drain a little and place the apple on the wax paper to cool and harden.
If you don’t have a thermometer, you can test for the hard crack stage by dropping a small spoonful of the mixture into a cup of cold water. If it instantly becomes hard and cracks when you tap it, it is ready.
Dip one side your Toffee Apple into melted chocolate, place on the backing sheet and decorate with chocolate crumbs from a flake or hundreds and thousands. Icing pens can be great fun to draw eyes, mouth or stitches. Let your imagination run wild.