Homemade toffee apples
Is this the definition of a balanced diet? A childhood favourite that's sticky, messy and utterly delicious.
- 400g caster sugar
- 8 apples
- 4 tbsp golden syrup
- 1 tsp vinegar
First, you need to remove the wax coating from an apple.
Boil a kettle and pour the water in a bowl. Add a squeeze of lemon juice and baking soda then submerge the apple. Leave for a minute or so.
Take the apples out of the water and pat dry with a towel. Not only will the wax be gone (it should be floating in the water), but you'll have also softened the apples for the next step.
Remove the stalks from the apples and place them on a wooden skewer.
Make the toffee.
Pour the sugar into a saucepan and add 100ml water. Heat over a medium heat until the sugar dissolves.
Then, add the golden syrup and vinegar. Stir until it's incorporated.
To test if it's ready, spoon a small amount into a bowl of cold water. If it's ready, it will harden instantly but if it stays soft, continue to cook the toffee.
Dip each apple into the toffee. Rotate it slowly until the apple is fully covered, let the excess run off and then place the apples onto baking paper with the sticks standing vertically. If you want to add extras like sprinkles, now is the time.
Leave to cool and enjoy!