Monday, November 1, 2010
Sixteen years of hosting Halloween parties, and I just learned a new trick: Toffee Apples.
Now that we live in a country where you can't get those Kraft circles of wrappable caramel, I've been making do without. But despite there being absolutely no need or justification for more sweet stuff, I've really missed this Halloween treat. And how else are you going to get a piece of fruit into a kid on October 31st?
As I get older, and wearier, I really appreciate that which is truly EASY.
Here is a classic four ingredient recipe:
8 apples, anything crisp and sweet
2 225 gram bags of toffees (I found mine at Waitrose)
2 1/2 tablespoons of water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Insert wooden sticks into your apples. (I got lolly sticks from Lakeland.)
Combine the toffees, the water and the vanilla extract in a medium nonstick saucepan. Stir over low heat until the toffees have melted and you have a thick, satiny mixture.
Swirl the apples in the toffee, OR smooth on with a wooden spoon.
They will harden at room temperature, but you can also refrigerate them.
And even though it may be too late to produce these for this year's Halloween, they would be the perfect dessert for upcoming Bonfire Night on November 5.