10 toffee apple desserts that are even better than the real thing

There's nothing more autumnal than pairing crisp, tart apples with sweet, sticky toffee. From cakes and cookies to doughnuts and crumbles, we've got the ultimate recipes to upgrade this Bonfire Night classic.

10 toffee apple desserts that are even better than the real thing

Some may think that the brittle crunch as you bite through the hard coating of a toffee apple can't be beaten, but that hasn't stopped us from trying. From hearty, warming crumbles to towering celebration cakes, our top ten recipes will elevate this humble classic to finger-licking, bowl-scraping new heights.

Baked apple & toffee crumble

There's nothing more comforting on a chilly evening than a bowl of warm fruit crumble. This indulgent incarnation has a buttery brown sugar syrup and nutty, oaty topping. An optional (but highly recommended) splash of dark rum completes the transition from childhood classic to grown-up treat.

Baked apple & toffee crumble
 

Toffee apple & pecan cake

This lovely loaf is studded with chunks of fresh apple, sandwiched with a buttercream frosting and finished with a drizzle of caramel and sprinkling of chopped nuts. Cut into thick slices for a truly autumnal afternoon tea treat.

Toffee apple & pecan cake
 

Bite-sized toffee apple doughnuts

Forget jam, chocolate or custard, these miniature bites are oozing with caramel and tossed in cinnamon sugar. Pop in a paper bag and take along to the fireworks for a sweet snack to share.

Bite-sized toffee apple doughnuts
 

Toffee apple cake

This show-stopping centrepiece is a celebration of all the classic apple desserts. The white chocolate icing is reminiscent of rich vanilla custard poured over an apple crumble, while the sponge has all the spice and sultanas of a baked apple. The caramel apple layers in the middle of the cake are simmered in a sweet buttery syrup, giving it the sticky richness of a tarte tatin.

Toffee apple cake
 

Toffee apple cookies

Crunchy around the edges and soft and chewy in the centre, these fruity biscuits are practically the definition of moreish. With storecupboard ingredients like chewy toffee sweets and dried apple chunks, they're perfect to make at the last-minute.

Toffee apple cookies
 

Spiced toffee apple cake

We love a tasty traybake, not least for the ease it affords when slicing and serving. This beautiful bake has delicate slices of apple on top for an attractive 'tarte tatin' effect, and cuts into 15 chunky squares, so it's ideal for a post-fireworks feast.

Spiced toffee apple cake
 

Toffee apple squares

Sandwich juicy stewed fruit between a crumble-like base and crunchy, caramel-nut topping. Serve cold as a bar or smother in salted toffee sauce for a delicious, warm pudding.

Toffee apple squares
 

Little toffee apple cake

If you're after an activity to keep little hands busy, this super easy sponge cake makes a perfect rainy day project. As the recipe is written especially for kids to follow, you can sit back and supervise from the sidelines.

Little toffee apple cake
 

Toffee apple pudding

The best bit about this fruity, sponge-topped pudding is the gooey caramel sauce that pools at the bottom of the dish as it bakes. Second helpings, anyone?

Toffee apple pudding
 

Toffee apple pops

If you love the nostalgic appeal of a toffee apple but can't quite manage a whole one, these bite-sized treats (made of substantially more toffee than apple) are for you. Once the pops are coated and cooled, kids will love going wild with melted chocolate, chopped nuts or hundreds and thousands.

Toffee apple pops


Still keen on the classic? Our foolproof recipe for homemade toffee apples is sure to take you back to your fondest childhood memories.

Do you think our bakes beat the original, or are you a true toffee apple aficionado? Let us know in the comments below...

 

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winnann
4th Nov, 2016
I agree with Jan - please make the recipes printer friendly. Apple pops look good so will try them out tonight.
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Jan Oxford
2nd Nov, 2016
Pleeeeeeease change the layouts of recipes so they can be printed on one A4 sheet! It's a real pain when the recipe goes onto a second page just for the last point!
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