I love toffee apples always have done since I was knee high to a nipper - children and big children love them and they are not difficult to make. Ideal for a family party or for a bonfire night special, or just make a batch and see how quickly they get munched this recipe serves 12.
12 lollipop sticks
12 small apples
500g/1lb 2oz caster sugar
150ml/5 fl oz golden syrup
Thoroughly wash and dry the apples then insert a lollipop stick into each one. Set aside.
Combine the sugar, golden syrup and 175ml/6 floz water in a deep heavy based saucepan. Place over a low heat and stir all the sugar until it has dissolved. Use a wet pastry brush to brush down any sugar crystals that may have formed on the inside of the pan.
Turn up the heat to high and cook the syrup without stirring until it starts to turn amber approx 4 to 6 minutes
Line a baking tin with foil and lighty brush with oil to stop any potential sticking. When syrup goes amber remove pot from the heat. Carefully dip each apple into the hot toffee to coat letting any excess drip back into the pot. Transfer to baking sheet and leave to set.