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Candy apples

Candy apples! They're gorgeous, they can be as red as blood and the're also relatively easy to make. Be sure to use a candy thermometer. It might work without it, but the thermometer make everything so much easier and less stressful. Have an autumn festival in your kitchen!

Recipe: Candy apples

Ingredients
  • 5 small apples
  • 5 stick - long bamboo skewers, popsicle skewers or whatever your creative side came up with
  • 300 g of sugar
  • 100 ml of water
  • 2 tbsp. of liquid glucose
  • a few drops of red food colouring (if you want red apples, that is)
Method
  • Carefully wash and dry your apples, push a stick into the stalk end of each apple.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and grease it with oil. This is where you will place your apples when they're ready.
  • Get yourself a small, deep, heavy-based saucepan.
  • It is important it's not too big, so that you can have a high level of candy coating, which makes your work coating the apples so much easier.
  • Put sugar, water, glucose and food colouring in your perfect saucepan.
  • Heat over medium heat, stirring continuously - the sugar has to dissolve completely.
  • Bring to boil, set a sugar thermometer in the pan and boil to 140C. Do not stir the mixture when it's boiling.
  • Remove the saucepan from heat.
  • Working quickly and carefully, dip each apple in the hot mixture until covered and let any excess drip away.
  • Place apples on the parchment paper to harden.

chocolate apples

Recipe: Recpie: Chocolate apples

Ingredients
  • 5 red apples
  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • 200 g of rich dark chocolate
  • 2 tbsp. of coarse Himalayan salt
Method
  • Insert a cinnamon stick into each apple core.
  • Melt chocolate using a bain-marie.
  • Roll apples in melted chocolate to coat.
  • Top with salt and set aside until chocolate hardens.

pumpkin pie with cranberry sauce

Recipe: Pumpkin pie with cranberry sauce

Recipe: Crust

Ingredients
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 125 g of butter
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1 tbsp. of white wine vinegar
  • a pinch of salt
Method
  • Combine flour and salt in a large ball. Cut in butter with pastry blender or two knives - the mixture should resemble coarse crumbs.
  • Add whisked egg and vinegar. Form dough, shape into ball, wrap in cling film. Refrigerate for at least an hour.

Recipe: Pumpkin filling

Ingredients
  • 1 cup of homemade pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 can of sweet condensed milk
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 1 tsp. of ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp. of ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. of ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. of ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. of ground cinnamon
Method
  • Mix spices in a large bowl. Add whisked eggs, stir in pumpkin puree and condensed milk.
  • Whisk all together until well incorporated.
  • Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a circle. Place on to a pie plate.
  • Pour the filling into pie shell and bake at 180C for about 40 minutes (until the filling is set).

Recipe: Cranberry sauce

Ingredients
  • 1 cup of fresh cranberries
  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup of water
Method