Christmas is approaching fast so I thought I would give you the recipe for candied apples (which in all fairness are great all year round). Although there is a fair bit of sugar used in this recipe, I do believe they are a great and healthier alternative to other Christmas treats.
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Make sure to pick small, red apples for the best result.
Back to the candied apples. They take absolutely no time to make, but please remember this is not the sort of treat you can make with children, as they can easily burn themselves on the melted sugar.
I chose to sprinkle a bit of grated coconut over the apples, but you can also use other things such as chopped nuts or cake decoration. Some people also add a small bit of red food coloring to the melted sugar.
- 4 apples
- 250 g sugar
- 100 ml water
- 1 tsp vinegar
- grated coconut
Rinse the apples, dry them and remove the stalk.
Put sugar, water and vinegar in a small pot and bring to a boil. The sugar is ready when you dip a wooden stick into it, and the sugar attached to it gets hard after you run it under the cold tap.
Put wooden sticks on the apples and roll them in the melted sugar. Sprinkle with grated coconut and let the candied apples cool on a sheet of baking paper before eating them.