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Toffee Apples – Pink Lady Style!

24 Oct

It’s the run up to Halloween weekend, and a great time to spoil your family and friends with sweet treats. Here’s a great recipe to get started – Toffee Apples – Pink Lady Style!

Ingredients

4 – Pink Lady® Apples
400g – Caster sugar
50g – Salted butter
3tbsp – Golden syrup
1tbsp – Cider vinegar
100ml – Water
4 – Thick wooden sticks

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Full preparation

Place the Pink Lady® apples into a large heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water. Leave for a few minutes, as this will help the sugar syrup stick better. Remove the apples and dry with kitchen paper. Remove the stalks of the apples and push the wooden sticks through the top to create the handle.
Measure out all of the ingredients and put them all (except the apples) into a medium heavy-based saucepan with deep sides, as you will need to tip to the saucepan to the side while dipping the apples into the sugar syrup. Line a baking tray with parchment paper for when the apples are ready.
Heat the sugar mix on a medium low heat and let it bubble away for a good 10 minutes. The most accurate way to know when the sugar syrup is ready is to use a cooking thermometer; you want the sugar syrup to reach 143 -150°c. Or alternatively if you do not have a thermometer you can place a small amount of the mixture into a bowl of cold water and if it separates into threads that are hard but not brittle, then it is ready.
Once the sugar syrup has reached 143-150°c, turn off the heat and keep stirring to remove all the bubbles and to cool it down slightly. If the sugar syrup is too hot then it will run off the apple so you need to wait until the mixture looks like syrup with no bubbles, which is around 120°c.
Carefully place your apple with the wooden stick into the sugar syrup and tilt the pan to get best coverage for your apple. Keep rotating the apple in the mix to coat. Hold the apple above the pan and keep rotating until the sugar cools and holds its shape better. When you think its holding well place the apple onto the lined tray to cool. Repeat the process with the remaining apples.

Sweet Substitutes

17 Jan

Continuing with the detox for january theme, another food group that I miss when healthy eating is that of the sugary sweets group. Whether it’s a cheeky packet of haribo starmix, a flump or a refresher bar I am an absolute sugar addict and can think of no nicer treat than some sort of ‘sweetie’. I was sent a product called ‘slim fruits’ to trial. Slim Fruits’ are two calories per sweet and contain the same fibre content as six slices of wholemeal bread – minus the carbohydrates and fat. They claim to be the world’s first product to harness the beneficial properties of soluble fibre.  According to the manufacturer, once eaten, they will combine with water in the stomach and swell which helps to suppress hunger pangs.
I tried out two flavours, the Luscious Peach Melba and Luscious Rhubarb & Strawberry. Both are small, hard gummy pastilles. They remind me of those fruit gums – you know the ones; texture of a fruit pastel that has had all the sugar rubbed off and the water sucked out of it. At first, not all that appealing. However it does mean that the sweet lasts a long time, is harder to chew and if nothing else occupies your mouth. I’m not sure that I felt so much fuller – but perhaps that is just my large appetite. Psychologically I think that you could convince yourself that they do however, plus it did stop me snacking at work. Sitting at my desk somehow little sweets make their way over, so if I’m going to snack it may as well be on one of these! They are available from www.boots.com or www.hollandandbarrett.com at £1.89 per pack.

Slim-Fruits
Verdict: A tasty 7 / 10

Halloween Party Treats

10 Oct

If you want to make a good centre piece for your ‘treat table’ at a Halloween Party this year, I recommend making a sweet tree like the one below. You will need:

– 1x Pencil

– 1x polystyrene ball (I used the inner of a Christmas bauble – its far cheaper than craft store polystyrene balls)

– double sided sticky foam (I get mine from the 99p store)

– gravel

– silver spray paint

– small terracotta plant pot

– 1x ribbon

– 1x small tray of Ferrero Rocher

Yum!

Yum!

Handcrafted with love

1 Feb

My all time favourite gift to handcraft this year is the ‘sweet tree’ this new craze is very popular with weddings and now they are even stocked in waitrose. In Waitrose however they are £22. I made this lovely specimen for only £3, using materials that I had around the house.

Yum yum!

Yum yum!

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