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Simple toffee apple cooking hacks for delicious autumn treats every time

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson may have cancelled Guy Fawkes weekend due to the second lockdown, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate.

Remember, remember, you can always have a safe, but fun, evening at home with some sugary treats (come on, the fruit's not the star here).

And what’s more delicious than toffee apples?

Whether you cover them in red toffee, sweet caramel or chocolate the crunchy apple on a stick is a winner with all ages.

But, they can be fiddly to make.

What's your favourite toffee apple coating? Let us now in the comments below…

So, here are some of our favourite cooking hacks which make whipping up this classic autumn pudding a piece of cake:

Slice the apples

Instagram foodie @cakeontherun, who loves making quick and easy dishes shared this tip with SurreyLive.

Her top trick to make toffee apples waste- and mess- free was to slice the apples at the sides.

This means they’re more manageable, especially for kids, and you don’t waste fruit if they only really want the caramel.

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Plus, there’s less risk of them falling off the stick.

You can slice the extra apple into wedges and dunk them – smaller children can eat these so they don’t get overloaded on sugar.

Forks not lolly sticks

Another trick which makes toffee apples easier to handle is using a fork instead of a lolly stick.

Cake forks work especially well, but just stab them into the core until secure (make sure not to go too far and split the apple).

The easy-hold handle is great for kids and those with motor skills or grip issues., too

Melt down Werther’s Original sweets

Want the easiest toffee apple recipe of all time?

Unwrap a pack of Werther's Originals, chuck the sweets into a saucepan with about two tablespoons of cream and heat gently.

If you want it rock hard make sure it gets to 140C, if you don't mind it being a bit chewy then just wait until it's smooth.

Stir frequently until fully melted and then dip your apples in and twist to coat.

You can roll them in almonds, sprinkles or even chocolate flakes!

Add salt

For a more grown up flavour, you can add some salt to your toffee apples like Tesco does.

To make the supermarket's salted caramel toffee apples you’ll need the following:

  • 10 eating apples such as Braeburns
  • 300g light brown muscovado sugar
  • 8 tbsp golden syrup
  • 225g unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 heaped tsp Maldon sea salt

Follow this method to whip them up:

  1. Blanch the apples in boiling water for 30 seconds – this helps the caramel to stick.
  2. Slot the stick into the apples.
  3. Put the sugar in a saucepan with the syrup, butter and vanilla and gently heat until dissolved.
  4. Increase the heat to a rolling boil until it reaches the “hard crack” stage – about eight minutes or until it’s 140C. To double check, drop a spoonful into cold water – it should harden instantly and be brittle when you take it out.
  5. Add the salt to the caramel mix.
  6. Remove from the heat and coat your apples using the dunk and twist method.
  7. Place on a tray and chill for one hour.

Yum!

We can’t wait to give these hacks a try this weekend!

There may be no fireworks displays, family get togethers or parties, but a caramel apple and time with your loved ones will make the day sweeter no matter what.

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