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Bonfire apples recipe

Bonfire apples recipe

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Perfect for camping holidays or for Guy Fawkes night, this simple recipe is fun to make. Serve with cream or ice cream if you like!

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IngredientsServes: 1

  • 1 Bramley, Cox’s Orange Pippin or Royal Gala apple, cored
  • 1 tablespoon soft dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

MethodPrep:2min ›Cook:10min ›Ready in:12min

  1. Fill the core of the apple with the brown sugar and cinnamon. Wrap the apple in a large piece of foil, twisting the extra foil into a tail for a handle.
  2. Place the apple in the coals of a fire or barbecue and let cook 5 to 10 minutes, until softened. Remove and unwrap, being careful of the hot sugar.

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Don't forget to cut the apple's skin round their equators or they will burst.-02 Nov 2009

by Jillian

Fabulous dessert that's simple and delicious! If you like baked apples in the oven then you'll love 'em over the fire. Not only because of the ease of prep (you can basically eyeball vs. measure), but because of the ease of clean up - there is none! I sprayed the foil with a bit of Pam so nothing would stick and added a pat of Land O Lakes light butter over top along with a splash of vanilla. This was great with vanilla ice cream. Next time I might add some raisins or a splash of rum vs. vanilla for a little different flavor...-14 Oct 2011


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Shiny candy shells covering sweet, crisp fruit – candy apples are the seasonal treat both kids and adults love. A hellish spread of Halloween recipes or a table of Bonfire Night treats wouldn’t be complete without a plate of crunchy and colourful toffee apples. Try our easy toffee apple recipes at home, experiment with mouth-watering toppings and plan the ultimate buffet table with our sensational sweets.

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Place the sugar, warm water, glucose, and vinegar in a large saucepan. Gently heat, while stirring, to dissolve the sugar, but make sure not to bring to a boil at this stage.

Once all the sugar has dissolved, raise the heat and bring the toffee to a rolling boil. Using a candy thermometer, boil to 270 F/140 C. This can take 10 to 20 minutes. If you do not have a candy thermometer, take a cup of cold water and once the toffee has started to thicken, drop a little of the toffee into the cold water. The toffee should solidify as it hits the water, and when you remove it from the water, the toffee threads should still be slightly flexible, not brittle. If the toffee is soft, continue to cook.

While the toffee is boiling, place the apples in a large bowl and cover with boiling water. Leave for a few minutes, then remove from the water and rub the apples with a tea towel and dry thoroughly. (The hot water and the rubbing will remove any waxy surface from the apple.) Once dried, remove the apple stems and push a chopstick or lollipop stick into the hole.

Once the toffee is ready, remove from the heat and leave to stand for 5 minutes to let the bubbles subside. (It is important to wait until all the bubbling calms down to create a smooth surface on the apples.) Once the bubbles have stopped, add the food coloring and stir gently.

Working quickly, tilt the pan slightly and dip the apples into the toffee twirl around to completely coat the apple. Lift the apple from the pan and allow any excess toffee to drain away. Stand the toffee apple onto the lined baking sheet and leave to set around 20 minutes, or longer if possible.

If the toffee starts to thicken and harden as you are coating the apples, place the pot back on the heat and warm through, but do not boil. If you are not eating the toffee apples right away, wrap in cellophane.


6 Comments

Last year I made some tempeh kebabs from your website twice, loved them! And now it’s camping season again, and I can’t find the recipe. Did you retire the recipe?

Hmm, we had a seitan kebab recipe we retired. But I don’t think we had a tempeh kebab on the website. We developed one for BioLite a few years back and have a grilled tempeh recipe (for Thanksgiving). Were either of those it?

Hello!
Wow! These recipes all look terrific, now the trouble is which to try first? This may be the summer of kebabs!
Two questions, would you recommend putting meat only on skewers and vegetables only on skewers? You mentioned putting like items together. Also, do you marinate or oil vegetables when prepping them? Thanks for your help!

We recommend putting meats and vegetables on their own skewers. You don’t want to have to overcook the veggies just to ensure your meat is properly cooked. For veggies, we typically just brush them up with a little olive oil and dust them with some salt.

Terrific, thank you so much for the advice. I look forward to some adventures meals on sticks quite soon!

Thank you! the place where I live is now very cold we shall use these grill inside our home.


Toffee apples recipe

Ingredients

  • 10 Granny Smith apples (or apples of your choice)
  • 800g (1lb 12oz) golden caster sugar
  • ½ a tube of extra-strong black food colouring (we used Dr Oetker). This can be optional if you don't have any in your store cupboard
  • 2 tsp vinegar (white wine or cider vinegar)
  • 8 tbsp golden syrup

1. Place the apples in a bowl of boiling water to remove the waxy coating. Dry thoroughly and remove the stalks. Push a wooden lolly stick or clean twig through the stalk hole, halfway into the core of the apple.

2. Put 100ml (3½fl oz) water in a small pan with the sugar and the food colouring over a medium heat. Allow the sugar to dissolve, then add the vinegar and golden syrup. Insert a sugar thermometer into the pan and heat until it reaches 150˚C.

3. While the sugar is still hot, tilt the pan and dip and twist the apples in the toffee mixture, one at a time. Place on a greased baking sheet with space between them, and leave to cool before serving.


How to cook baked apples over the campfire


So here’s the thing: you don’t cook them over the fire. You don’t cook them in the flames. You don’t put them in the middle of the fire.

You actually cook them on the hot embers.

Place each apple in the embers. Put hot embers over the top of them.

I find using a hot glove ideal for this (see these gloves on Amazon, which are similar to the ones I bought).

Apples do not take long to bake. I think we were around 5 to 10 minutes.

If they get too hot or cook for too long, they can explode inside the foil (as we found out!).

To see if they are cooked simply prod the side of the foil. If the apple feels slightly soft it is done.


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1. Homemade Toffee Apples

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2. Pumpkin Soup

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3. Irish Stew

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You won’t find any lamb in this scrumptious stew by It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken. Packed with plenty of yummy veg, it’s simply bursting with flavour.

4. Loaded Baked Potatoes

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5. Shepherd’s Pie

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Shepherd’s pie is a family favourite for frosty evenings and it tastes even better with a vegan twist. Don’t believe us? This recipe by Minimalist Baker will definitely change your mind.

6. Cornish Pasties

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The Cornish pasty is yet another infamous British staple that can be easily veganised. In this recipe by Everyday Veggie, the traditional beef has been substituted with a mix of delicious veggies, but the melt-in-your-mouth pastry is still the same.

7. Treacle Toffee

You can’t beat sticky treacle toffee on 5 November. Thanks to this amazing recipe by Wallflower Kitchen, you can still enjoy this bonfire night delight when you’re vegan. Not up to making your own? You can buy vegan treacle toffee online from Dairy Free Toffee.

8. S’mores

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Who doesn’t love indulging in these campfire classics at this time of year? You won’t be able to get enough of these decadent vegan S’mores by Fresh off the Grid.

9. Hot Chocolate

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Treat yourself to this soothing, super creamy hot chocolate by Veggie and the Beast Feast. If you don’t fancy making your own, vegan hot chocolate is easy to find in supermarkets. Cadbury, Galaxy, Green and Black’s and Hotel Chocolat have products suitable for vegans and there are various supermarket own-brand varieties too.

10. Sticky Toffee Pudding

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Whatever the occasion, sticky toffee pudding always goes down a treat. This delectable dessert by Demuths is the perfect bonfire night goodie.

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Bonfire apples recipe - Recipes

Boil it for ten minutes, brushing away any crystalized sugar that forms so that it dissolves back into the pan.

When the mixture colours, remove from the heat and cool the caramel by placing the pan into cold water.

Push a lollypop stick into each apple and roll the apples into the caramel to coat them completely.

Stand on a non-stick surface until the caramel has set.

In a clean pan mix the sugar and water to a paste then add the glucose.

Boil it for ten minutes, brushing away any crystalized sugar that forms so that it dissolves back into the pan.

When the mixture colours, remove from the heat and cool the caramel by placing the pan into cold water.

Push a lollypop stick into each apple and roll the apples into the caramel to coat them completely.

Stand on a non-stick surface until the caramel has set.

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Ingredients

Method

Boil it for ten minutes, brushing away any crystalized sugar that forms so that it dissolves back into the pan.

When the mixture colours, remove from the heat and cool the caramel by placing the pan into cold water.

Push a lollypop stick into each apple and roll the apples into the caramel to coat them completely.

Stand on a non-stick surface until the caramel has set.

In a clean pan mix the sugar and water to a paste then add the glucose.

Boil it for ten minutes, brushing away any crystalized sugar that forms so that it dissolves back into the pan.

When the mixture colours, remove from the heat and cool the caramel by placing the pan into cold water.

Push a lollypop stick into each apple and roll the apples into the caramel to coat them completely.


Seven Seven Halloween and Bonfire Night Recipe Ideas

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1. Vegan Bonfire Toffee

Vegan Bonfire Toffee tastes amazing. The smell and taste of Bonfire Toffee take me back to childhood Bonfire Nights. Just divine. And just appalling for your teeth. It is super easy to make but do be super careful with the hot toffee.

2. Parsnip and Walnut Soup with Walnut Pesto

Parsnip and Walnut Soup with Walnut Pesto is great for making ahead and serving up in cups to guests. Easy to make, delicious and super autumnal. It makes the most of the tail-end of autumn produce.

3. Smoky Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup

You can’t go wrong with soup and you really can’t go wrong with Smoky Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup. So delicious. Serve it in a mug!

4. Chilli Sin Carne

Chilli Sin Carne is the perfect topping for fresh from the oven, crispy jacket potatoes. Or load up some tortilla chips with Chilli Sin Carne, Houmous and guacamole. Yum!

5. Sweet Potato Doughnuts

Make a batch of mini Sweet Potato Doughnuts to share. Crispy on the outside and soft in the middle these Sweet Potato Doughnuts will go down a treat.
Sweet Potato Doughnuts are one of the recipes in my latest book FriFran’s 30-Minute Autumn:

6. Home Made Toffee Apples

I can’t resist more sweet stuff – that is what Halloween and Bonfire Night are all about. Toffee Apples are so good. (Be careful of the hot sugar!).

7. Mulled Cider

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