Although summer is out of sight, just remember, the colder months aren’t all that bad. Autumn brings with it all the fun of Halloween and bonfire night, as well as spiced lattes, cosy knits and toffee apples.
Toffee apples are the ultimate traditional autumn treat; fruit covered in sugar on a stick; what more could you ask for? Make your own at home and they’ll taste miles better than the shop-bought type, plus you’ll also get a sense of satisfaction know you made them all by yourself (or maybe with the kids).
300 g demerara or caster sugar
110 ml water
0.5 tsp vinegar
3 tbsp golden syrup
25 g salted butter
1 1/2 tsp cider vinegar
Optional red food colouring
Wash and dry your apples, twist off any stalks and push in your skewers
Put all your coating ingredients into a pan and cook on a medium heat until the sugar dissolves
Bring to the boil without stirring until it reaches hard crack stage, 138c (you can use a sugar thermometer to check this, or alternatively you can test it by dropping some of the sugar mix into cold water; if it hardens instantly then it’s ready)
While your sugar solution is cooking, line a tray with parchment paper
Take your apples, holding them by the stick, and dip them into the sugar coating, twisting as you dip
Allow any excess coating to drip off and then place apple on the parchment paper lined tray
Are you going to make your own toffee apples?