Halloween is here! I was busy making candy apples last week for my daughter's Halloween school party that happened on Friday. In my book, nothing says Halloween like a candy apple. The recipe I use to make them is taken and adapted from The Joy Of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker & Ethan Becker. If you don't already have this in your cookbook collection, I couldn't recommend it more. It's one of my favourite books to work from and covers everything in the world of baking and cooking. I love this book. This recipe does take a little work, but the results are impressive and will put a delighted smile on every child's (and adult's!) face :)
|Even one of our own carved pumpkins loves candy apples ;)|
So here's what to do:
10 - 15 wooden skewers
10 - 15 small sized, washed braeburn or jazz apples
2 cups caster sugar
1 cup water
2/3 of a cup light corn syrup (Note: you need to use corn syrup not golden syrup. You can find it in Fallon & Byrne and other reputable gourmet food emporiums around the country and of course, online too.)
1 three to four inch cinnamon stick
A few drops of red food colouring
See my Cups For Cooking page for measurement conversions.
Method:- Line a baking tray with a flat silicone sheet.
- Remove the stems of the apples and insert a wooden skewer into the stem end of each apple.
- In the top of a double boiler (a pot that fits over another pot that will have boiling water in it), combine the sugar, water, corn syrup, and cinnamon stick - stirring until dissolved.
- Bring the syrup mixture to the boil on the hob (not on the double boiler, over boiling water), until it reaches the small crack stage on a candy thermometer (138 degrees C)
- Remove the cinnamon stick from the syrup and add 3-4 drops of red food colouring, stir-in using a wooden spoon.
- Now set the pot on the double boiler over boiling water.
- Working quickly, dip the apples in, one at a time and coat evenly with the syrup.
- Twirl the apple at the end so the extra syrup drips off. Don't coat them too thickly because once the apples set, it will be too difficult to eat them due to the thick layer of candy on them.
- Set each apple on the silicone liner and leave to set.
- They are best consumed within 24 hours.