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.’