Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Candy Apples

Ah Bonfire Night.
One of the few nights in the year where it's ok to blast fireworks up into the sky for the majority of the night.
It's also one of the few times you'll find people willing to suffer in the cold, just because it's a tradition, and it's what you have to do.

Ever since I was a little girl, bonfire night meant one thing. And being who I am, that obviously meant it was food.
I loved candy apples. Yummy, crisp, sweet apples, smothered in sweet, hard candy. What's not to love about these treats?
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6-8 Apples (I chose Braeburn)
6-8 Wooden Sticks
400g Golden Caster Sugar
1tsp White Vinegar
4tbsp Golden Syrup
100ml Water

Prepare the apples by pushing the wooden sticks through the apples via the stalk end.
Place onto a baking tray covered with greaseproof paper.
(Make sure to have this tray near the stove.)
In a saucepan, pour in the caster sugar and water. Heat for 5 minutes on a medium heat, until all of the sugar has dissolved. Add the vinegar and golden syrup, and stir. Using a sugar thermometer, heat to 140C. 
(If you don't have a sugar thermometer, like I didn't, then make sure to have a bowl of cold water ready. To test if the candy is ready, pour droplets into the bowl, and if it instantly turns into hard candy, it's ready. If it's still soft, and has a toffee-like consistency, it isn't ready yet, and needs to be heated up a bit more.)
Once the candy is ready, dip the apples into the saucepan, making sure to cover the apples.
Place back onto the baking tray, and leave the candy to cool and harden.
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Et Voila!
Candy Apples!
I couldn't resist biting into one as soon as they were ready, it was like I was seven again.

Sophie xx