While our kitchen is out of action (yes still) I have asked a few fabulous bloggers to share one of their favourite family recipes. This one is from Ali from At Home with Ali.
My 4 year old has been asking me to make toffee apples for ages. To be honest I had put them in the ‘too hard’ basket… surely you buy toffee apples, not make them. When the fruit bowl was overflowing with apples I finally caved and had a look on the internet for an easy recipe… and much to my surprise I found one. I even had all the ingredients in the pantry. My daughters were beyond excited!
Here is the recipe for our home made toffee apples.
- Approx 15 small apples
- 4 cups of white sugar
- 1 cup of water
- ½ teaspoon of cream of tartar
- 2 teaspoons of red liquid food colouring
- Push a paddle pop stick into each apple.
- Place sugar and water into a saucepan over low heat. Stir until dissolved.
- Stop stirring and bring to the boil.
- Add cream of tartar and red food colouring.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes or until it reaches hard crack stage. This was the tricky bit. I had never heard of 'hard crack stage'. To check for this stage add a teaspoon of the hot toffee to a glass of ice cold water. Remove the solidified toffee from the water and bend it. The toffee should crack easily and not feel sticky. Note: I went through a whole tray of ice cubes attempting to diagnose hard crack stage. After 30 minutes of simmering the toffee I gave up. I knew we hadn't reached hard crack stage but I was more worried about burning the toffee and devastating two small children.
- If you do hit hard crack stage remove the toffee from heat immediately.
- Once the toffee has stopped bubbling, dip the apples. Completely coat the apples in toffee by tipping the saucepan on an angle.
- Stand the toffee apples on a lined baking tray and allow to set at room temperature.
Our home made toffee apples looked sensational and tasted great. They were a little sticky but nobody minded as we munched and crunched our way through the apples. The recipe was so easy and yummy I would even consider doing it again one day…
Ali is a mum to two young girls who love to make things. Her blog, At home with Ali, chronicles the creative activities that fill their days. It is a mixture of art and craft activities, messy outdoor play, gardening and things to make for play. You can also find Ali on facebook, twitter, google+ and pinterest.