There’s nothing like new experiences to bring the family together, so why not try a Bonfire Night family recipe PERFECT to make with the kids, the delicious Tom Browns Bonfire Night Toffee Apples! No matter what the weather, this fun recipe will put the bang back into your celebrations, AND it’s something that the little ones will love to do too!
It’s important to mention that if you are cooking with young children, we will be heating sugar up to a VERY high temperature so PLEASE be careful! If you’re looking for something to keep the kids busy while the sugar syrup is cooking, we’ve come up with a selection of fun autumn activities that’ll keep the kids will love! Keep an eye out for our **HOT MIXTURE WARNING** and get crafting!
To make 4, you’ll need…
- 300g of caster sugar
- 250 g of golden syrup
- 4 apples (any type, but for the little’s we suggest Cox’s, as they’re smaller and sweeter, but we used Granny Smiths because we have slightly bigger appetites!)
- 60ml of water
- A couple of drops of red food colouring
- Ice cream lollipop sticks (we used bamboo sticks, but we suggest ice cream lollipop sticks if you’re making these for children)
- A sugar thermometer (don’t worry if you don’t have one)
- A plate or piece of polystyrene
- Boil some water (this isn’t your 60ml) and pop your chosen apples into it for 10-15 seconds. All the apples we buy from supermarkets come with a waxy layer on them; so popping them in boiling water removes this layer and also allows the toffee to stick a little better.
- Weigh out your sugar, golden syrup, drops of red food colouring and water and pop them into your pan, combining the mixture BEFORE you turn on the heat. Adding water to your sugar mixture stops the sugar mixture from burning, and the golden syrup we add stops the mixture turning straight into caramel.
- Start your mixture on a medium heat and to a boil. You don’t want to stir the mixture at all, as this makes the sugar crystalize and you’ll have to start again.
**HOT MIXTURE ALERT**
This is where it gets a little dangerous, so it’s time for those autumn themed activities!
Why don’t you finger paint an apple tree to go with your toffee apples, or you could make an apple collage, or why not try leaf bunting to decorate your home?
These fun activities will keep your kids happy and it lets you keep an eye on that mixture safely!
- Using your sugar thermometer, cook the mixture until it reaches 118C. If you don’t have a sugar thermometer don’t worry, we’ve got a handy test you can use!
- Using a metal spoon, scoop a little of the sugar mixture and dip it straight away into a cup of cold water. If the sugar on your spoon hardens and cracks, it’s ready! If not, don’t panic; just keep heating up your mixture until it gets to the required consistency!
- Its time to get the kids back in, because THIS is the fun bit! Safely push the ice cream sticks into the bottom of the apples and help the children coat the apples in the syrup.
- After you’ve rolled the apples in the syrup you can either pop them top down onto a plate, which gives them that flat top, or you can get your polystyrene and fit the ice cream lollipop stick in and let the toffee drip down the apple, giving it a smooth finish.
And there you have it, simple but utterly divine, your young ones or older ones will love this toffee apple recipe! Your toffee apples will keep for 2 to 3 days if you keep them in an airtight container, as any moisture will leave you with a sticky mess that the dishwasher will NOT thank you for!
Apple tree finger painting - https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/apple-tree-handprint-painting
Apple collage - https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/apple-collage