Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Busy, busy, busy!

How long has it been since my last blog??? far too long! So busy the past few weeks, leading up to Easter was packed with making all sorts of chocolate treats! If you pop over to my page then you will see what I've been up to! Well the past few days I have took a break from all things chocolate and have been making some classic treats......toffee apples and rum babas! Also finished and delivered a 2 tier boiled fruitcake birthday cake! Who would like to know a simple recipe for toffee apples? delish and easy to make (just be careful with hot sugar!!!!)

400g golden caster sugar (caster or granulated is fine too)
200ml water
1 tsp vinegar
4 tbsp golden syrup
1 tsp vanilla
lollipop sticks or wooden skewers
6 apples (any type you like)

place apples in a bowl and pour boiling water over to remove wax, and then dry. mix water and sugar in a pan and place on heat to boil, add vinegar and golden syrup. using a sugar thermometer cook mixture til it reaches "crack" temperature. carefully remove from heat, add vanilla and then stick wooden skewers in apples and tilt pan to carefully dip each apple in sugar and coat. place each toffee apple on greaseproof paper and leave to cool and harden, if sugar mixture starts to become too cold and hard place back on heat to remelt. TIP: the vinegar is needed to stop the sugar crystallising (becoming cloudy and grainy) the acid cleans the pan and sugar, lemon juice can also be used.
well, Ipromise not to leave so long between blogs! I'll be back in a few days!!!!