A fun and tasty autumnal Toffee Apple treat.
We first collected all out ingredients which I’ll list for you beneath,
Then carried on our adventure – collecting sticks in our local heath.
8-10 eating apples (not the cooking variety)
400g of caster sugar
150ml of apple juice
100ml of maple syrup
1tsp cider vinegar
1 sachet of cream of tartar
We returned with our hunted treasure baking the twigs at 180 degrees,
To kill any manky germs quickly without the need to freeze.
We then sharpened our chosen sticks with a sharp kitchen knife,
Which you can possibly do with a pencil sharpener to not endanger life.
The next part is the bit my toddler loved the best,
Pushing each tree remain into our apples become a tricky test.
We lined up our twiggy apples on our baking sheet,
Then started on our sickly concoction which smelt too good to eat.
Chucking first in the sugar on a relatively lowish flame,
Browning it off until it’s caramelised is ultimately our aim.
Next we add the maple and the apple juice,
Which I pre-measured in another jug so it poured easily without excuse.
This part is very important and must be completed very slow,
Or you risk a disaster, ruining everything you have to show. (The cold liquid will set the caramelised sugar into a huge cube)
Pouring just a tiny bit each and every time,
Stirring very quickly until it forms a consistency like slime.
Once you’ve added all the liquid leave the mixture on the boil,
7-8 minutes is good so it doesn’t spoil.
Adding in your cream of tartar once it’s reached a liquid form,
Into your boiling saucepan where you’re cooking up a storm!
Finally ready for our apples, but remember the liquid is VERY hot (and sets like wax very instantly),
So be extremely careful when dipping the staked fruit in your pot.
I swirled mine round a couple of times then chucked on my chopped nuts very quick,
Ensuring they stuck before it set and lost all of its stick.
Placing my apples on a baking sheet to harden into our treat,
Waiting just a few minutes until they was good enough to eat! 😉