07:00 Saturday 03 November 2012

Bonfire Night Toffee Apple recipe

Bonfire night is fast approaching, so here is an easy recipe for Toffee Apples using Jazz apples which have just been voted Britain’s Tastiest Apple by a panel of top fruit judges. These are perfect to keep the kids and adults entertained.

Ingredients (serves six)

6 large Jazz apples

300g (10oz) granulated sugar

1 tsp vinegar (red or white wine or cider or malt vinegar)

6 wooden skewers or lolly sticks

Baking tray lined with foil, lightly oiled


Wash and dry the apples well. Push each one onto a wooden skewer or stick, through the core.

Put the sugar in a heavy-based pan with 100ml (3 ½ fl oz) water and heat slowly until the sugar dissolves. Stir in the vinegar. Bring to the boil and cook without stirring until it reaches hard crack stage, 138-143°C on a sugar thermometer (or until it hardens into a ball when you drop a little into a bowl of cold water.)

Take the pan off the heat and cool it quickly by dipping it into a bowl of cold water for a few seconds. Wait a minute then dip each apple into the hot toffee, twirling it around in the syrup to coat it well.

Leave the toffee apples to set on the foil-lined tray.

They will keep for a day if kept in a cool and dry place or wrapped in cellophane.

Recently voted Britain’s Tastiest Apple, Jazz apples are available from Asda, Booths, Marks and Spencer, Morrisons, Ocado, Sainsbury's, Tesco, The Co-op and Waitrose.’

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