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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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...