Use crisp, well-flavoured eating apples, such as Orange Pippins; these are the perfect Guy Fawkes Night treat!
- 350 grams soft brown sugar
- 225 grams golden syrup
- 15 mls fresh, strained lemon juice
- 60 mls water
- 30 grams butter
- 8 small to medium eating apples
- 8 sticks
- Wash and dry the apples. Put the sugar, syrup, lemon juice and water into a heavy-based saucepan and stir over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved completely. Raise the heat and boil the syrup rapidly to the hard-crack stage, 154°C (310°F). Take the pan off the heat and immediately stir in the butter.
- Working quickly while the toffee is very runny and before it begins to cool and thicken, impale an apple on a stick and dip it into the molten toffee. Let the excess drip back into the pan before setting the apple, stick upwards, on a non-stick heat-proof surface. Dip the remaining apples and leave them until quite cold.
- Pour leftover toffee into a tin. Break up and eat as sweets.
- Toffee apples are best eaten on the day they are made because juice inevitably seeps out around the stick and starts to dissolve the toffee.