Thursday, April 25, 2013

Toffee apples.

This autumnal afternoon in April, after weeks of picking, drying, bottling, stewing and baking apples, when Miss Jazzy suggested we make toffee apples, I jumped at the idea. And then I sent her and her sisters down to the orchard to pick some.

They came back with a box of Splendors and a fistful of sticks and we got to work.

We followed this recipe.





Delicious heritage apples picked fresh from the tree, toffee cooked from the very best certified organic ingredients, excitement in the anticipation, delight in the crunch, pure childhood joy!!

Years ago I made toffee apples and sold them at farmer's markets, today I enjoyed not worrying about the bubbles and just enjoyed the process.

And they were declared the best toffee apples EVER!!

Toffee apples in Autumn are going to be a family tradition at ours now I think.


When was the last time you enjoyed the sweet childhood fave?
If you close your eyes can you remember that mix of sweet and tart?
The crack of the toffee and the crunch of the apple?
Deeelish!

Later
xx

Oh and my book is going to the printers tomorrow. OH MY GOODNESS!!!
I'll show you the cover in a few days time. Eeeeeeeeep!!

34 comments:

  1. In Argentina we like this kind of sweet but we put popcorn like a decoration with the caramel. It fun and tasty. It's a good combination..you need to try that.
    Warm regards.
    Anne

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  2. my eldest has wanted to make toffee apples for ages.. I am going to the farmers markets on Sunday to get some non-waxed local apples ( delicious) and I will do this with her. They just look amazing with the sticks.. great touch! Best of luck with the book. I am in the early stages of planning a caravan purchase so am looking forward to a sneak peek..( am thinking there's some caravan stuff in there?)

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  3. Do you know, I have never ever ever had a toffee apple. And I think that needs to change!

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  4. once again I've finished reading one of your posts and am left thinking about what lucky daughters you have.

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  5. oh yum, I can taste it just by looking! this is something my smalls are yet to try.. I think that needs to change! x

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  6. From about fifth class on, the girl over the road and I would often make toffee at the weekend. Good crunchy toffee, not stick-jaw and made in paper patty pans. I can't ever remember making toffee apples although I love them.

    We also made honeycomb which your girls would probably like too. We usually cooked at my place, away from her big brothers, but the batch of honeycomb which we burnt badly totally ruined one of her mother's saucepans. Marshmallows were good too.

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  7. Oohh, how good do they look!! They bring back childhood memories. Since I live surrounded by apple orchards I'm definitely going to have to try this! (Hmm, I'm saying this right after I've just written a blog post about healthy eating, LOL! But hey, surely these are 95% apple, right?)

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  8. Kate, this is awesome and brings back very fond memories for me of toffee apples enjoyed in our local town hall at Lions and CWA functions. I can still almost taste them and feel the crack and crunch. Your sticks are perfect. You know your blog and your family and your cooking totally rocks, right? x

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  9. PS. That is SO exciting about your book! Can't wait to see it. :)

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  10. We were just talking about toffee apples tonight! Ate some delicious baked apples for dinner, but the kids would love toffee apples. I like the twigs! xK

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  11. this is so lovely. I'm new here and am really blown away by the quality of your photos and writing. it's really nice to get a glimpse of the opposite season too :)

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  12. I LOVE toffee apples but here in the north of Australia I rarely see them. Maybe I should stomp on my fear and try and make some too. I think it's the whole thermometer in the sugar thing that scares me. It moves it from general cooking to "science" a subject i was always pathetic in :)

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  13. Ok, ok, I give in. Yes, I'll move in so you can ply me with your homemade goodness....

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  14. If only we weren't on the other side of the calendar here I'd be tryin this today.

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  15. Haven't had toffee apples since I was a child! How lovely to see them being made at your home. Can't wait to see your book....eek! Hope it will be available in the UK :-)

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  16. I have been AWOL so I need to spend a bit of time, cuppa in hand, catching up on your trip to Israel sometime soon.

    You must be bouncing up and down with excitment about that book right about now.

    I haven't made toffee apples since I was a kid cooking with my nan. I remember the toffee that didn't quite work that went opaque and crystalised. Mmmmmm. The best bit!

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  17. What a lovely idea of Miss Jazzy's. And great toffee apple sticks! Very rustic.

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  18. These look so good, Kate. Love the sticks!
    Toffee apples were such a treat when I was a kid. Haven't had one for years.
    x

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  19. Yummmmmmm! Your girls look like they think that's heaven on a stick!

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  20. Mouthwatering Kate! I love toffee apples...trouble is, most toffee apples from shops are stale with soft floury apples inside so you don't get that sweet crispy crunchy mouthful that I adore. Yours look so good. What a wonderful tradition to keep!

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  21. I only ever had the ones from the fruit shops and they too were horrid apples, the thrill was all in the toffee. If you made them I'd come and buy, who gives a bugger about bubbles!

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  22. Oh yum. What a lovely autumn tradition. And that picture of your apples dressed in their glossy coats - wow!

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  23. I can't even think about seeing the book cover without the biggest smile on my face. WOWOWOWOWOWOW.

    And, I want to come have toffee apples with you. Not something I've ever really enjoyed that much, as mostly they are cheap quality bruised tasteless apples covered in cheap sugar coating. Oh but yours look simply divine and delicious. Will you make toffee apples for me one day...? {For I truly believe wholeheartedly that you and I will meet one day, soon, either at your beautiful dream place, or at my home. Or somewhere else - it doesn't matter. So long as I can look at you, and hug you!}.
    xxxx

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  24. Oh, memories.....I used to love toffee apples! Your images have taken me back to my childhood...thankyou x

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  25. Adam and I admired the apples but most of all the photos. Gorgeous autumnal shots gorgeous girl! Can't wait to see the book cover xxx

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  27. Gosh, I just love toffee apples ~ they are truly divine. What a great tradition to start. I'm missing the crisp Autumn of Victoria this year, but love to get a sense of it from your beautiful pics. Nic x

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  30. So so very exciting about the book Kate! And love the toffee apples...enjoy! xo

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  31. Hey Fox Lane pop over to my blog... I made them :) and linked back to you as my inspiration. They were not as hard as I thought they would be and my fridge looks pretty with all the toffee apples ready for me to crunch.

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  33. I love the twigs in your toffee apples. Lovely idea. So magical!

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