Thursday, 9 June 2011

Toppings and homemade toffee apple sauce!

These toffee apples (are they still called toffee apples when theyre covered in chocolate?? lol) are one way to get the kids to have their 5 a day - albeit not the best, but one of the most fun!!

I coated the apples with Wilton Candy melts - its a delicious vanilla flavoured chocolate that goes really hard with a nice crack to it when bitten. No need to refridgerate! I also coated some fresh strawberries in the chocolate and sprinkled them with sugar crystals :)
My boys cant seem to eat ice cream without having some sort of topping so the best thing to do is save all the bits from decorating other treats - ie.... I kept the remaining sugar crystals from the strawberries and candles, when I level off sponge cakes i keep the 'left overs' in an airtight jar to crumble over the ice cream etc.... there are loads of ideas of what you can 'keep' without having to spend a fortune on expensive toppings!
Here is a topping that is an extra special treat for kiddies and grown ups alike.

Toffee Apple Sauce

100g light muscavado sugar
100g unsalted butter
4tbsp golden syrup
4tbsp double cream

600g Bramley apples (after being cored and peeled)
250g granulated sugar
100ml water
2tbsp lemon juice

For the toffee sauce: Melt the sugar, syrup and butter in a small pan and bring slowly to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 3 minutes or so until thick. Stir in the cream and remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

For the jam: place the apples, water and lemon juice in a separate pan and cook down until soft and fluffy – this will take about 15-20minutes. Once the apples have become soft, add the sugar over a low heat until all the sugar has dissolved, then crank up the heat and bring to a simmering boil for approximately 4-5 minutes.
The apple jam should be lovely and thick.

Wait until both have cooled and alternate between adding to the jars - layer of toffee, then layer of apple jam. You can mix both together but it is perfect when you get chunks of both over the ice cream.
I currently have 2 jars sitting in the fridge that will get their debut tonight - can we skip dinner and go straight to dessert please? lol

1 comment:

  1. you see, now I want ice-cream and Debbie style toppings!!! ;) xxx


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