Last day of MoFo! I’m happy I did this project but it was a bit much for 31 days. In honour of Halloween, I’ve saved the candy apples till last and they are vegan as written as well! Once I had one I was reminded that I really love caramel apples. Candy apples are okay but not my fave. This recipe is pretty traditional though, and dead easy. If you can boil sugar to 300˚, you can make these. I might do a roundup post, but right now I’m really drooling over some recipes I’ve found over the past month. Oh, and maybe get back into hiking!

Candy Apples
pg 133 The Laura Secord Canadian Cookbook

Traditionally candy apples have been associated with Halloween, but what mother-in-the-suburbs can cope with making enough for the fifty to seventy-five characters who appear at the front door? Better to make these juicy confections for a select group of favourite children of any age.

Grease a baking sheet lightly.

Wash and remove stems from:
8 medium sized apples

Firmly insert in stem end a wooden meat skewer or stick.

In a saucepan combine:
2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1 cup water

Cook, stirring until sugar dissolves.

Cover, and bring to a boil. Wipe inside of pan with a moistened cheesecloth. (okay, I totally skipped all of this, I added everything to the pot and waited until it hit 300˚. I didn’t stir anytime).  Boil uncovered and without stirring until a few drops in cold water separate into hard brittle threads (300˚ F. on a candy thermometer).

Blend in:
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
6 to 8 drops of red food colouring

Remove from heat. Tip saucepan and dip apples in syrup, turning to coat evenly. Place, stick side up, on prepared baking sheet to harden. (it happens pretty damn quick)