Bonfire Night Treats

Bonfire Night is the one night of the year completely dedicated to bonfires, fireworks, celebrations and burning a figure of a man in 17th century styling of old law breaker Guy Fawkes. A night full of fun, friends and fireworks and I have created the perfect recipes for cosy comfort food that are easy to prepare in advance, leaving you free to enjoy the fireworks. 

Honeycomb is the perfect sweet snack to nibble away whilst wrapped up in winter warmers. 

Here's what you need:

80g Butter
160g Caster Sugar
80g Golden Syrup
Tablespoon bicarbonate of soda
(splash of oil to line the baking tray)

Spread the oil over the whole tray so that the honey comb doesn't stick (it doesn't hurt to be generous here). 

Measure out the butter, sugar & golden syrup.

Pour the butter, sugar & syrup into a pan and stir them up till all the sugar has melted. 

As soon as it looks like this stop stirring, and let the mixture bubble and brown till it turns to a caramel sort of colour. 

Add the bicarbonate and watch the explosion happen. 

Quickly stir and the pour into the baking tray. 

Leave it to cool and go rock solid.

Then break it all up into bite-sized pieces. 

Now onto the toffee apples.

Here's what you need:

Lots of apples
400g Caster Sugar
4 Tablespoons Golden Syrup
Assortment of topping

Pour all the sugar into 100g of boiling water and stir it all in till it has completely dissolved, and leave it on a medium heat till the mixture darkens.

Add in the golden syrup.

If you have a sugar thermometer then as soon as you hit 140°C then your good to go. But if you are not lucky enough to have said kitchen utensil then you can tell if its done by dripping some of the syrup into a bowl of cold water and if instantly hardeners then you're ready, but if its still gooey then carry on heating it. 

The next stage is the fun part. Stab your apple with a wooden skewer dip into the sugar mixture ensuring its completely covered and then dip into one of the yummy topping bowls. You have to be quite speedy with this as the toffee hardens rather quickly. 

 Leave then on a plate or flat surface to solidify for a couple of minutes and you've got a plate full of tasty treats to share will all of your friends and family. 

Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.

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