Toffee apples always remind me of going to the fair and they are ideal for children to eat while they are watching a fireworks display. They are easy to make but for best results you should use a sugar thermometer – these are cheap to buy and can be found in any cookware store.
450g demerera sugar
8 to 10 small apples, washed and dried
Put all the ingredients for the toffee coating in a heavy-based saucepan. Heat gently, stirring all the time, until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to the boil and boil rapidly without stirring until the temperature reaches 143 C / 290 F on a sugar thermometer. If you don’t have a thermometer, drop a little of the hot syrup into cold water – the coating is ready when when it separates into hard threads.
Before covering the apples, push thick wooden chopsticks or wooden lolly sticks into them. Dip them carefully into the hot toffee mixture, swirling them around and allowing the excess to drip off so that the coating is not too thick. Leave to set on wax paper or greased aluminium foil.
Stuffed baked potatoes are usually popular with older children but a bit unwieldy for little ones. Small new potatoes make a perfect alternative for a finger-sized version!
Suitable from 4 years