Friday, 3 November 2017

Bonfire Night Treats

Bonfire Night is just round the corner, and we're sure you're on the look-out for some tasty treats to warm you up while you're watching the fireworks. You're in luck - read on to find out what we'll be making for Bonfire Night this year!

Toffee apples with chocolate, hazelnut and seeds

Serves 12
5 minutes to prepare and 10 minutes to cook

12 small red-skinned apples
12 lollipop sticks

For sesame seed toffee apples#
200g (7oz) demerara sugar
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp golden syrup
20g (3/4oz) butter
30g (1oz) sesame seeds

For chocolate-coated apples
200g (7oz) plain chocolate (50% cocoa for best results)
2 tsp (per apple) roasted chopped hazelnuts

What do I do?
  1. Push a stick into each apple
  2. For the sesame seed apples, combine the sugar with 50ml of water over a low heat and allow the sugar to dissolve. Add the vinegar, golden syrup and butter into a pan. Stir with a wooden spoon on a medium heat to melt, then bring to the boil. Boil for 5-6 minutes. To test if the toffee is ready, put a drop of the mixture into water to see if it hardens. Remove from the heat, add the sesame seeds (or leave them for a classic toffee apple) and swirl the pan. Dip into the toffee to coat. Let any excess drip off. Put on an oiled baking tray to cool for 10 minutes.
  3. For the chocolate-coated apples, melt the chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Dip each apple into the chocolate to coat, and sprinkle with nuts. Put on a tray in the fridge to set. 

Hot buttered rum with apple, cider and cinnamon

Serves 6
Takes 10 minutes


40g unsalted butter, softened
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tsp ground cinnamon
300g golden rum
300ml cloudy apple juice
600ml apple cider
6 cinnamon sticks, to garnish,
freshly grated nutmeg, to garnish

What do I do? 

  1. In a large pan, melt the butter, maple syrup and cinnamon over a low heat.
  2. Increase the heat to medium, add the rum and leave to simmer for 1 minute. Pour in the apple juice and apple cider and heat for 2-3 minutes more, or until warmed through.
  3. Line up 6 heatproof mugs and put a cinnamon stick in each. Top up with the hot drink and service immediately, garnished with a little grated nutmeg.

What are you going to make for Bonfire Night? Let us know @office_fruit

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