Exploding toffee apples
- Preparation and cooking time
- Serves 8
These surprising toffee apples will delight children on a cold Bonfire night or any other winters day. Just make sure children are kept at a safe distance while the caramel is cooking.
- 8 apples, unwaxed
- 250g (8oz) caster sugar
- 0g (2tbsp) golden syrup
- popping candy
- STEP 1Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper. Peel the top half of the apples as evenly as you can, leaving the bottom unpeeled. Place the apples upside-down on top of the tray and push a wooden chopstick into each one, through the core.
- STEP 2For the caramel, place the caster sugar in a heavy-based pan with 2 tablespoons of water and the golden syrup and place over a medium heat. Using a sugar thermometer, bring the caramel up to 140˚C. If you don’t have a sugar thermometer, cook the sugar and water until it becomes a shiny, medium dark brown caramel. Hot sugar is very dangerous in contact with little hands, so keep safe when doing this.
- STEP 3Once the caramel reaches 140˚C, to avoid the caramel from colouring further, put the base of the pan into cold water for a few seconds. Take care not to splash any water into the caramel.
- STEP 4Leave to rest but don’t let the caramel cool all the way through, as you will need to be able to dip the apples into it.
- STEP 5Tip the popping candy into a small bowl. Carefully dip the tip of each apple into the caramel to completely cover the flesh, and then dip the apples with the caramel into the popping candy.
- STEP 6Place the toffee apples onto the non-stick baking paper and leave them to harden before serving.