Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Toffee Apples

remember the days when...
you could eat an entire toffee apple
and dessert?
and nary a care about the calories 
your teeth?
stop remembering
those days are gone
long gone....

i love caramelized sugar and i think apples and pears 
are the perfect fodder for it
but toffee'd fruit isn't as popular as it used to be
now there is much more gilding
all cuddled around an apple
the size of my head
and it can be had
for a mere $30
what is up with that?

i'm going back to the basics with this recipe
i suggest using very small apples
which are easier to find in the fall 
than in the summer
because they are really cute
and are more apt to be fully eaten
than a full size apple
which is simply 
more practical

unless you are a pig farmer
in which case
you have use for
half-eaten apples on a stick

Toffee Apples
8 small crunchy apples
popsicle sticks or sturdy skewers
2 cups granulated sugar
pinch of salt
2 generous Tbs honey
1/2 cup water
place the sugar, salt, honey and water in a heavy bottomed saucepan.  cook over medium heat, careful not to over-stir or agitate. once mixture comes to a full boil, pop in a candy thermometer.  continue to cook until thermometer reaches 290.  remove from heat, candy will continue to cook , so make sure you remove fully from the heat. wait a moment for the toffee to thicken up just a smidge (it will give you better coverage on the apple) dip the apples one by one, tipping the pot as necessary to fully coat.  place each apple on a cookie sheet lined with wax or parchment paper and let cool. 


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